African American men suffer from hypertension at higher rates than any other ethnic group regardless of age or sex. The studies suggest that psychosocial issues such as racial discrimination, quality of care, and access of healthcare (often lack of insurance) also play a vital role in uncontrolled hypertension among African American men. Although there is not just one approach to successfully addressing health behaviors related to African American men, there are some interventions that provide a successful strategy of community based education and support that have shown positive results. The outcomes of these studies indicate that more research is needed. The HHS has made a commitment to continue working at reducing racial and ethnic health disparities by creating the National Stakeholder Strategy for Achieving Health Equity (National Stakeholder strategy). The HHS developed an action plan that integrates with policy and programs that are a part of the Affordable Care Act. In this manuscript I will examine studies that address African American men with hypertension and the factors that prevent them from addressing them. The results of these studies give hope that the HHS will make progress on eliminating the impact of hypertension in the African American population by collaborating on community-based interventions.
"The Silent Killer: A Review of Psychosocial Factors and Systems-Level Interventions that Address Hypertension in African American Men,"
Vol. 2, Article 12.
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