ISBN-10:
0313324778
ISBN-13:
9780313324772
Pub. Date:
06/30/2004
Publisher:
ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Praeger Handbook of Black American Health [2 volumes]: Policies and Issues Behind Disparities in Health, 2nd Edition / Edition 2

Praeger Handbook of Black American Health [2 volumes]: Policies and Issues Behind Disparities in Health, 2nd Edition / Edition 2

by Ivor Lensworth Livingston

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Overview

More than 100 contributors from across the United States, all recognized experts in their fields, present information on the vast racial and ethnic health disparities, as well as approaches that can be used to reduce or eliminate these disparities. Chapters address topics from heart health, hypertension, diabetes, asthma and lung disease, and HIV/AIDS to alcohol and drug abuse, infant mortality, nutrition and exercise. Presents state-of-the-art information in a manner free of confusing jargon, making this accessible to a casual user, yet still helpful to students, scholars, and researchers. Chapters also address disparities in reproductive health, life expectancy and access to health care. Chapter authors include professionals and professors with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institutes of Health, Harvard University, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and Pennsylvania State University.

This expansion of Dr. Livingston's first edition of the handbook includes a doubling of the text, with 20 new chapters and complete updates revising the 27 returning chapters. These volumes will be of special interest to those in fields including public health, medicine, health psychology, health policy, and medical sociology.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780313324772
Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date: 06/30/2004
Edition description: REV
Pages: 980
Product dimensions: (w) x (h) x 0.88(d)

About the Author

IVOR LENSWORTH LIVINGSTON is a tenured, graduate Professor of Medical Sociology and Social Epidemiology in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology and Adjunct Professor for the Department of Community Health and Family Practice of the School of Medicine at Howard University. He holds a Ph.D in Medical Sociology from Howard University, a Masters of Public Health from the Harvard School of Public Health, and a Post Doctoral Certificate in Cardiovascular Epidemiology from the Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health (now called the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health).

Table of Contents

Illustrationsxi
Abbreviationsxxi
Forewordxxxi
Prefacexxxv
Acknowledgmentsxxxix
Introductionxli
Volume I
Part ICardiovascular and Related Chronic Conditions
1.Trends in Cardiovascular Diseases: An Overview of Evolving Disparities3
2.The Social Epidemiology of Coronary Heart Disease in African Americans19
3.Cerebrovascular Disease in Black Americans: Disparities in Burden and Care42
4.Hypertension: A Community Perspective54
5.End-Stage Renal Disease65
6.Diabetes-Related Disparities in African Americans80
Part IIGeneral Chronic Conditions
7.Cancer Status in Black Americans97
8.The Epidemiology of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease and Asthma in African Americans111
9.Sickle-Cell Disease: Biosocial Aspects129
10.Ophthalmic Disease in Blacks: Prospects for Eliminating Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Health in the Public Health Context147
11.Immunological Disorders162
12.Oral Health Status and Disparities in Black Americans178
13.Communication Disorders and African Americans199
Part IIILifestyle, Social, and Mental Outcomes
14.The Life Expectancy of the Black Male: Pressing Issues from the Cradle to the Grave215
15.HIV/AIDS and Sexually Transmitted Diseases238
16.Infectious Diseases among African Americans261
17.Forms of Violence and Violence Prevention291
18.Unintentional Injuries: The Burden, Risks, and Preventive Strategies to Address Diversity317
19.Illicit Drug Use and Adverse Consequences: Impact on Black Americans328
20.African Americans and Alcohol Use: Implications for Intervention and Prevention344
21.Disparate African American and White Infant Mortality Rates in the United States355
22.Mental Health of African Americans369
23.Vulnerability of African Americans to Adverse Health: The Importance of Social Status and Stress383
24.Nutrition Concerns of Black Americans411
25.Physical Activity in Black America427
26.Reproductive Health Disparities among African American Women451
Volume II
Part IVSociopolitical, Environmental, and Structural Challenges
27.The Role of the Family in African American Health473
28.Disparities in Medication Use, Action, and Prescribing for African Americans497
29.24-7 on the Front Line: African Americans and the Emergency Department Experience516
30.Homelessness and Health Problems among African Americans536
31.African Americans, Spirituality, and Health: The Impact on Beliefs, Attitudes, and Behaviors554
32.Health, Disparity, and the Older Population: Greater Disparity between Black and White, or within Black?566
33.Rural Health of Black America: A Complex Frontier591
34.School Reform Meets Prevention Science: Toward Ensuring More Hopeful Futures for African American Children609
35.Complementary and Alternative Health Practices in the Black Community: Existing and Emergent Trends627
36.Behind Bars: An Examination of Race and Health Disparities in Prison638
37.Environmental Racism: Its Causes and Solutions653
38.Outreach to African American Communities: From Theory to Practice667
Part VEthics, Research, Technology, and Social Policy Issues
39.Health Policy and the Politics of Health Care for African Americans685
40.African Americans and Access to Health Care: Trends in the Use of Health Services701
41.African Americans in the Health-Care Workforce: Underrepresentation and Health Disparities716
42.Geographic Information Systems Perspective on Black American Health740
43.The Human Genome: Implications for the Health of African Americans757
44.Ethnic Disparities in Transplantation: A Strategic Plan for Their Elimination776
45.Transforming Structural Barriers to Improve the Health of African Americans792
46.Issues Surrounding the Involvement of African Americans in Clinical Trials and Other Research808
47.Eliminating Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Health: A Framework for Action835
Index863
About the Editor and Contributors893

What People are Saying About This

Harry E. Douglas

…[A] most revealing and engaging assessment of current issues confronting America. An essential reference for current and future health professionals in viewing this major global social phenomenon…

Georges C. Benjamin M.D.

No other single source so comprehensively reviews the evidence of disparities in health status and access to care among African Americans. This handbook is invaluable not only to understanding the challenges we face in eliminating disparities, but to identifying successful interventions and long-term solutions.

Randall W. Maxey

…Understanding many of the fundamental underpinnings that contribute to disparities in health outcomes among African Americans will be invaluable for improving the health of all Americans. This book is a must read for anyone interested in the health of Black Americans or interested in understanding why many of the disparities in health outcomes exist in our country today. I fully endorse this publication with my highest recommendation.

George A. O. Alleyne

This is an extremely well written that documents the black/white disparities over an impressive range of health areas. This is a book about African Americans, but its readership should include all Americans and many outside of America who care about health equity and social justice. The disparities shown, their causes, social consequences and possible means of prevention must be matters of universal concern. The overriding impression is that the disadvantages in health of black Americans do lie predominantly in the consequences of the color of their skins which sets them apart and less in the content of their character. I recommend it highly.

Benjamin S. Carson

In this book, Dr. Livingston has provided a most comprehensive analysis of factors contributing to the significant disparities in healthcare received by African Americans and the population at-large of the United States. This information will be a valuable resource for professionals and lay people alike as we attempt to rectify this unfortunate situation.

Ben Carson

In this book, Dr. Livingston has provided a most comprehensive analysis of factors contributing to the significant disparities in healthcare received by African Americans and the population at-large of the United States. This information will be a valuable resource for professionals and lay people alike as we attempt to rectify this unfortunate situation.

Georges C. Benjamin

No other single source so comprehensively reviews the evidence of disparities in health status and access to care among African Americans. This handbook is invaluable not only to understanding the challenges we face in eliminating disparities, but to identifying successful interventions and long-term solutions.

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