Restore National Black Health Week

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In comparison to non-Hispanic whites, African Americans are twice as likely to die before their first birthday; 2.5 times more likely to die during pregnancy; 60 percent more likely to be diabetic and twice as likely to undergo a leg, foot or toe amputation; 40 percent more likely to be obese and nine times more likely to be diagnosed with HIV; women are twice as likely to die from cervical cancer and 40 percent more likely to die from breast cancer; men are twice as likely to die from prostate cancer.  These are just a few health disparities that persist in the African American Community. 

In 1915, Booker T. Washington started National Negro Health Week to increase awareness of health inequities in the African American community.  In 1951, the Federal Government began to recognize "Minority Health Month".  While it is important to continue recognizing "Minority Health Month". The Black Health Care Coalition is urging the Federal Government to restore national recognition for "National Black Health Week" to bring national recognition of the importance of achieving health equity for its citizens. 

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