“Heart disease is the No. 1 killer for all Americans, and stroke is also a leading cause of death. As frightening as those statistics are the risks of getting those diseases are even higher for African Americans and Hispanics”
“Blacks have the highest rate of cardiovascular disease in the U.S., with about 47 percent affected. By 2035, that figure is expected to rise to 50 percent”.
“Obesity, diabetes, and high blood pressure (which also contribute to prevalence of strokes) are more prevalent among Blacks and Hispanics than the general population. Compounding these trends, inadequate access to care leads to poorer outcomes”.
These are statements, in whole or part are attributed to leading healthcare providers, government, and advocacy organizations, who continue to sound the alarms of identifying but not addressing the social determinants of health today and for our future communities.
In the world still reeling under the fog of COVID – 19, cardiovascular and neurological diseases remain at the top of the list of underlying conditions prevalent in Black, Brown, and other historically underserved communities. The scourge of systemic racism contributes disparities and inequities that limit access to quality affordable healthcare to treat illnesses and diseases in these historically underserved communities.
FIBCO Family Services, Inc. has joined with healthcare providers such as Banner Health, Mayo Clinic-AZ, Dignity Health, and advocates such as the American Heart Association, the Alzheimer’s Association to organize and present a major community healthcare engagement event to benefit individuals and families and to support next steps of responsible follow up.
We welcome you to come to the Fair – in-person or virtually online. Much has been prepared to share with you that you can take away and just might make your heart, brain, and whole body even healthier than you imagined.