The Elimination of Racial Health Disparities in African American/ Black Men: The 911 on African American Men’s Health

Dr. Charles Modlin
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A disproportionate burden of disease and illness is borne by America’s racial and ethnic minority populations. Health disparities in racial/ ethnic populations in the U.S. is a growing problem.
Compelling evidence of the disparate health status of America’s racial and ethnic minority populations is documented in the form of shorter life expectancies and higher rates of cancer, birth defects, infant mortality, asthma, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease, and a plethora of other diseases and conditions. African Americans are three times more likely to develop some form of kidney disease than their Caucasian counterparts, and they also develop kidney failure from hypertension at six times the rate of whites. African American men are plagued by a higher risk of developing certain urological diseases (i.e. 66% more likely to develop and twice as likely to die than Caucasian men from prostrate cancer). The health disparities experienced by minorities permeate all health areas and are the result of a complex interaction of biology, genetics, environmental factors, and specific health behaviors.

Keywords: African American, Minority, Race and Race Based Medicine, Healthcare Disparities, Health Equity
Stream: Anthropology, Archaeology, Cultural Studies, Humanities
Presentation Type: Workshop Presentation in English
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Dr. Charles Modlin

Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine
Ohio, USA

Charles Modlin, M.D., F.A.C.S. is a Kidney Transplant Surgeon, Urologist, Founder and Director of the Cleveland Clinic Minority Men’s Health Center. He received his undergraduate degree in 1983 and medical degree in 1987 from Northwestern University. He completed a six-year residency in Urology at New York University in 1993 and a three-year fellowship in Kidney Transplantation Surgery at the Cleveland Clinic in 1996 and then joined the Staff of the Cleveland Clinic. He has authored and presented scientific publications. He is one of only 17African-American transplant surgeon in the entire United States. A special area of interest of Dr. Modlin is healthcare disparities experienced by minorities in the United States, i.e. prostate cancer, cardiovascular disease, hypertension, diabetes, kidney disease and transplantion. Dr. Modlin has developed a dedicated Minority Men’s Health Center to conduct research into elimination of minority healthcare disparities and provide community outreach, direct patient care and public education to minority patients. Some of Dr. Modlins’ honors include the 2006 Ohio Commission on Minority Health Leadership Award, Humanitarian Award, 2006 National Technical Association Physician of the Year Award, an Alumni Merit Award from Northwestern University, several community leadership and appearances on television and radio news casts among other notorieties

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