With African Americans making up only 5% of physicians in the U.S. it’s no wonder that
- The infant mortality rate in the black population is twice that of whites.
- Black men are seven times more likely than white men to receive a diagnosis of H.I.V. and more than twice as likely to die of prostate cancer.
- Black women have nearly double the obesity rate of white women and are 40 percent more likely to die from breast cancer.
- Black people experience much higher rates of hypertension, diabetes and stroke.
What we know for certain is that in general, Black people are more likely to feel more comfortable with Black doctors, caregivers and health coaches.
BOTTOM LINE: We need more of US taking care of US.