THE HEALTH COMMITTEE               



The Health Committee will address through advocacy and program implementation those diseases and conditions that disparately impact communities of color, most especially women of African descent.  Our Committee’s focus is upon these women’s health issues:
 
HIV/AIDS – The Signature Health Concern of NC100BW
┬čIn 2010, African Americans had 44% of all new HIV infections among adults and adolescents (aged 13 years +), although African Americans are only about 14% of the US population.

In the US,  64% (2 in 3) of women diagnosed with new cases of HIV infection are African Americans.
The rate of new HIV infection for Black women was nearly 20 times higher than that of White women despite a 21% decrease in African American incidence (from 7,700 to 6,100) between 2008 and 2010.
(Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) 

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Breast Cancer

About 27,060 new cases of breast cancer were expected to occur among African American women in 2013.

African American women get breast cancer at a rate that is 10% less than Caucasian women, however, the 5-year survival rate for African American women is 78% vs. 90% for White women.

Having regular mammograms can lower the risk of dying from breast cancer.
(Source: www.cdc.gov/cancer/breast and womenshealth.gov)

Diabetes
Of the 25.8 million adults with diabetes in the United States in 2010, 12.6 million were women
4.9 million, (18.7 %) of all African Americans aged 20 years or older have diabetes.
In 2012, the incidence of diabetes among Black women was 9.5/100 vs 5.4/100 for White women.
One in four (1 in 4) African-American women older than 55 has diabetes.
(Source: American Diabetes Association)

Adult and Childhood Obesity
More than one-third of U.S. adults (35.7%) and approximately 17% (12.5 million) of children and adolescents aged 2—19 years are obese.
In 2011, African American women were 80% more likely to be obese than Caucasian women.  African American women have the  highest rates of overweight and obesity in the US.
Childhood obesity in US has more than tripled from 1978 – 2003; it decreased slightly from 2003-2008.
 (Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) 


Committee Chairs:                
Dr. Beverly Dean
Georgia McLendon

Vice President for Programs:
Wendy Lattibeaudiere
 
Health & HIV/AIDS Committee Members:                          
Dr Floris B. Cash                     Scenquetta Dixon                  Dr.  Beverly Dean           
Georgia McLendon                  Dr. Judith Thomas                 Carrie Taylor
 
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 HIV Testing Day June 2011- NCBW Members with volunteers
 


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