February 17-19, 2022 | New York Hilton, NY

Black Wellness Matters: A Contextualization of Disease Prevalence in the African American Community

Feb 19 2022
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Tawainna Houston, ND

Environmental conditions and how human beings co-exist with its environment is a major contributing factor to one’s health and wellness. The fabric of American society is interwoven with multiple barriers of structural racism that induces a desolate environment for many African Americans and therefore limits their ability to fully thrive. The morbidity and mortality rates for the Black Community in comparison to their White counterparts are disproportionately higher in a multitude of diseases that include cardiovascular disease, strokes, diabetes, and others. This presentation will use a historical lens to examine how living in an environment of sustained trauma and dehumanization has created a transgenerational cellular impact on the rampant negative health outcomes within this minority population.

Learning Objectives:
  1. Depict the juxtaposition between humanity and dehumanization and its health impact.
  2. Explore potential biological mechanisms of racism on developmental origins of disease within the African American population.
  3. Explore a comparative study of the cellular impact of trauma on gene expression.
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