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State of Emergency: Black Men’s Health
Angela de Joseph is sounding the alarm on the American crisis of black men’s health. Using her talents behind the camera, Joseph is producing a documentary series to explore the health of black men.
“I started this project because I was concerned about the health disparity in the Black population,” said de Joseph, a former associate beauty editor at Essence magazine and pictured here with 16th U.S. Surgeon General, Dr. David Satcher. “So many people were coming down with illnesses that were preventable. There is a clear disconnect between the medical establishment and the Black community.”
The series, State of Emergency: Tackling Black Men’s Health, is her brainchild by way of The Global Wellness Project (GWP) she founded. The Global Wellness Project is a non-profit media company with a mandate to develop health education tools across multi-media platforms.
According to published data, the average Black man is dying at a higher rate and has a life expectancy of 7.1 years less than his white, Asian and Latino counterparts. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 39% of African American men have hypertension; 37% are obese; 30% are more likely to die from heart disease; and 14.7% have diabetes. Then consider that black men have a 59% higher incidence of prostate cancer and on average are five times more likely to die of HIV/AIDS. It makes you wonder why there is no national response to these ongoing disparities.
The documentary promises to be powerful with men sharing their health challenges and struggles in their own words. It’s sure to spark great dialogue and hopefully greater solutions. For the series, de Joseph interviewed a number of Black men who survived heart attacks, diabetes, HIV and prostate cancer, the four major health issues plaguing Black men.
Healthyblackmen.org will certainly keep you posted when the release date of the documentary becomes available. We cannot wait to support it!