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Black history month – addressing health disparities

Forwarded from Siobhan Champ-Blackwell’s blog, Bringing Health to the Community

http://www.guttmacher.org/media/inthenews/2010/02/16/index.html
As the United States celebrates Black History Month, one enduring challenge we face as a nation is the persistent health disparities between black and white Americans. The area of sexual and reproductive health, in particular, is riddled with inequities, including differences in contraceptive failure rates, unintended pregnancy and abortion among teen and adult women, and rates of infection with HIV and other STIs among both men and women. While much progress has been made, our efforts and attention need to be directed toward equalizing health outcomes for all Americans.

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