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Title of Journal: J. Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities

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Abbravation: Journal of Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities

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Springer International Publishing

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10.1016/0010-4809(92)90038-c

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2196-8837

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Prevalent Health Concerns Among African American Women Belonging to a National Volunteer Service Organization (The Links, Incorporated)

Authors: Gladys B. Asiedu, Sharonne N. Hayes, Karen Patricia Williams, Matthew R. Bondaryk, Michele Y. Halyard, Monica W. Parker, Joyce E. Balls-Berry, Vivian W. Pinn, Carmen Radecki Breitkopf,

Publish Date: 2015/12/22
Volume: 4, Issue:1, Pages: 19-24
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African American women bear a disproportionate burden of cardiovascular disease (CVD) and cancer. The purpose of this study was to identify prevalent health concerns among African American women who are members of The Links, Incorporated (Links), a large national service organization with health programming for communities of color.Survey data (n = 391) were collected during the 2012 Links National Assembly. Twenty-six health issues were presented within five groups: cancer, CVD, pulmonary disease, chronic conditions, and behavioral health. For each issue, women indicated if it was a concern for “you/your family” or “the African American community” via check-boxes. Differences in the proportions for “you/your family” and “the African American community” were evaluated using the McNemar test.Hypertension was the most frequently endorsed concern for you/your family (79 %); 73 % indicated this was a concern for the African American community. Sickle cell anemia was the most frequently endorsed concern for the African American community (77 %). Melanoma was the least endorsed health issue overall (15 % you/your family, 55 % community). Breast was the most frequently endorsed cancer concern, while lung was among the least. For 23 out of 26 health issues, the proportion concerned was greater for the “African American community” than for “you/your family” (all p 


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