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African Americans/Blacks represent approximately 13.4% of the United States population.1 The U.S. Census Bureau defines the terms “African American or Black” as any person who “has origins in any of the Black racial groups of Africa.”
Although the African American/Black population has a long history in the United States, this population remains diverse due to the various locations of historic origin. Approximately 10% of the African American/Black population in the United States is foreign-born, immigrants of African descent, who migrated from countries such as the Caribbean and Latin America.2
African American/Black Disparities
As a group, the African-American or Black population experiences significant disparities with:
- Chronic conditions
- Access to care
- Preventive screenings
- Mental health
Resources for African American/Blacks with Diabetes
The videos and modules below help raise awareness of health inequities. They provide population facts, cultural insights, and potential solutions so that health care providers, clinicians, and customers can take action to close African American/Black health disparities.
Diabetes Prevention and Management
Diabetes can be a lot to manage. This video helps our African American/Black customers with diabetes make informed choices to best manage their disease.
See Me for Who I Am, Not for What I Have
The support of providers is critical for customers when managing their diabetes. This video will help promote strategies in your practice to empower African American/Black customers to better manage their diabetes and health.
Modules to Guide Diabetes Management
1State and County QuickFacts, U.S. Census Bureau, 2017
2Key facts about black immigrants in the U.S, PEW Research Center Fact Tank, January 2018