African American males are experiencing marginalization on nearly every measured indicator of physical, mental and environmental health. Over their life course, black males are more likely than their Caucasian counterparts to experience stress, trauma, violent encounters and premature death. National research indicates that African Americans are more likely to receive poorer quality health care and experience subpar health outcomes relative to Caucasian counterparts.
The Aspen Institute proposes the Health Equity Education and Leadership (HEAL) initiative to stimulate and support community-driven change efforts focused on decreasing health disparities in access and treatment for African American males. One – two communities will be selected and engaged.