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Black Health Facts is a curated resource center that provides the most credible, indisputable health facts, figures, and statistics. Learn more about Black Health Facts and racial disparities in healthcare.

Chronic Conditions


Largest Study Examines Cardiovascular Disease in Black Americans

The Jackson Heart Study (JHS) is the largest investigation of causes of cardiovascular disease in Black Americans, involving more than 5,300 men and women in Jackson, Mississippi.

Learn more in the Journal of the American Heart Association and the Jackson Heart Study.

RELATED: Black Americans, Smoking, and Greater Stroke Risk


Heart Failure Rates Higher Among Black Americans

Heart failure, a major public health problem, has increased most dramatically in young Black American men and women.

Learn more at the American Heart Association and in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.

RELATED: Heart Failure Deaths Climb in Younger Adults, While African American Men and Women Face a Greater Risk


How Racism Can Lead to Chronic Disease

Chronic illnesses associated with experiencing racism include heart attack, neurodegenerative disease, and metastatic cancer.

Learn more in Psychoneuroendocrinology.


Study Enrolling African Americans With Multiple Sclerosis

The UCSF Multiple Sclerosis Genetics Project is enrolling patients with multiple sclerosis to better understand how and why MS affects African Americans the way it does.

Learn more in Current Neurology and Neuroscience Reports.

RELATED: New Research Challenges Old Beliefs About MS Among African-Americans


African American Patients Have a Lower Rate of Remission for RA

Learn more in the American Journal of Medicine.

IBD in Black Patients


Alzheimer’s Disease in African Americans


The Number of African Americans at Risk for Alzheimer's Is Growing

According to the Alzheimer’s Association, over 10 percent of all people age 65 and older have Alzheimer’s disease. The number of African Americans age 65 and over is expected to reach 6.9 million by 2030.

Learn more at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).


Diabetes-Related Risks Greater Among African Americans

Compared with white Americans, African Americans are more likely to be diagnosed with end-stage renal disease (3.5 times), be hospitalized for lower limb amputations (2.3 times), experience visual impairment (1.6 times), and die from diabetes (2 times).

Learn more in the National Health Interview Survey.

RELATED: Diabetes in Black Americans


Psoriasis Is Less Common Among Black Americans

Psoriasis prevalence among Black Americans is about 1.9 percent, compared with 3.6 percent among white Americans.

Learn more at the Journal of Clinical and Aesthetic Dermatology.



Disproportionate COVID-19 Deaths Reported Among Black Americans

According to U.S. death rates from COVID-19 data across all states:

  • 1 in 1,500 Black Americans have died.
  • 1 in 3,200 Latino Americans have died.
  • 1 in 3,600 white Americans have died.
  • 1 in 3,700 Asian Americans have died.

Black Americans experience the highest overall mortality rates and the most widespread occurrence of disproportionate deaths.

Learn more at APM Research Lab.

RELATED: Black Americans Have Been Hit Hardest by COVID-19 — Here’s Why


Black American COVID-19 Patients Are Dying at Twice the U.S. Rate

As of October 14, 2020, at least 41,090 Black lives have been lost to COVID-19. That means Black Americans are dying at a rate that's more than 2 times higher than the overall population.

Learn more at The COVID Racial Data Tracker.

Women's Health


Black Women and Hysterectomy-Related Complications


African American Women Are More Likely to Have High Blood Pressure


Heart Disease and Stroke Risk Associated With Weight

People who are overweight are more likely to suffer from heart disease and stroke risk factors such as high blood pressure and diabetes.

Learn more at the U.S. Department of Human Services' Office of Minority Health.

Children's Health


Racial Identity Can Lessen Impact of Discrimination

Discrimination’s long-term negative impact is moderated when a child understands and identifies with his or her racial or ethnic group.

Learn more in Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology.


Asthma Prevalence Among Black American Children


Studies Find Children of African Descent More Vulnerable to MIS-C

Multisystem inflammatory syndrome (MIS-C), which affects blood vessels and organs, has symptoms similar to those of Kawasaki disease.

Learn more in the BMJ and The Lancet.

RELATED: Black Children May Be More Vulnerable to COVID-19 Inflammatory Syndrome


Sugary Drinks Increase Obesity Risk

Regular and excess consumption of sugary beverages is associated with a higher risk for obesity.

Learn more at the Center for Science in the Public Interest.

More Topics


Health Insurance Coverage Among African Americans

Learn more at the U.S. Census Bureau.

African American Participation in Clinical Trials

Only 33 percent of African American women and 41 percent of African American men stated that they are willing to enroll in a trial if it means changing or starting medication.

Learn more at the African American Health Engagement Study.


Disparities in Prescribing Pain Medication

Learn more in JAMA Pediatrics.

The Top 10 U.S. Counties That Lack Adequately Nutritious Food Are Predominantly African American

Learn more at Feeding America.