Improving the Health of African American Men
As part of this week’s focus on African American men & health on the Connecticut Health Foundation (CT Health) blog, we’re featuring Loren Harris today. Loren is the founder and principal of Thinking Man Consulting (visit his site to see his impressive bio) and consultant to CT Health on our initiative to improve the patient-provider relationship and build public will for health equity for African American males.
We’ve selected the strategy of improving that relationship with the thought that it will lead to better health outcomes for this group, which is high risk. For example, results from a study done this year indicate that black men live longer in prison than if they are free. This is staggering, and deplorable. As we at CT Health work to achieve health justice for all, we cannot ignore this group.
In this video, Loren discusses why CT Health is interested in this issue, some insights from his research into the issue, and a systems-change approach to improving the patient-provider relationship for African American males.