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Defining health disparities

Dr. Crutchfield, what do people mean when they use the term “health disparity”?  

Merriam-Webster defines disparity as “the state of being different.” The term “health disparities” refers to several conditions. It almost always refers to differences in groups relating to their socioeconomic status, race and/or gender. It can also mean differences in the presence of certain diseases within groups. It can mean the outcomes of disease treatment in these groups. It can mean the quality of health care and access to healthcare services that exist within these groups. Disparities can also be caused by a lack of efficiency within the healthcare system. As a result of the lack of efficiency, some studies (Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies) have speculated that approximately $50 billion are spent wastefully every year in the U.S. By reducing or eliminating health disparities, there could be a significant savings to the healthcare system accompanied by an overall increased quality of health care. Continue Reading →

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‘Good hair’ is healthy hair

Hats off to the May Sister Spokesman event with the theme of “Loving Your Hair.”  Many women shared the feedback that bringing attention to hair care in that forum was fun, educational, informative and appreciated. I was in the house as well, and the panel had the women engaged, responding to questions from hair history to learning the value of understanding product ingredients going into the body internally and externally, all in pursuit of having healthier hair. Loved that! I have to admit, I was very surprised, yet pleased, that I did not hear anyone comment or ask about “good hair” or “bad hair.” It gives me hope that we are releasing the old tapes and negative stigma of “Afro-textured hair” as being unmanageable, not beautiful, and un-kept. When asked my definition of “good hair” or “bad hair,” I ponder the question each time. Continue Reading →

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