USA TODAY: HEALTH DISPARITIES: modern civil rights front, 8/23

August 23, 2013

From USA Today and the Cincinnati Enquirer…

When Jocelyn Storr turned 40, she looked at her scale and her father’s deteriorating health from a stroke and heart attack and decided to make a change.

As an African-American, she had resigned herself to a life of hypertension and weight struggles. Then she realized that she controlled her own health. So she started walking regularly, closely monitoring her portion sizes and sugar intake as well as that of her children and grandchildren. She has lost 30 pounds and gained energy to put into her event planning business.

These actions embody the type of change that health advocates want more people of color to experience. The effort to reduce critical health disparities between African-Americans and white Americans is expanding nationally, and – on this, the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom – is increasingly seen as some of the unfinished business of the fight for racial equality.

“Everything else has been addressed – education, housing, jobs, voting rights – even though they’re not all figured out,” said Dwight Tillery, Health Gap founder and president and former Cincinnati mayor and councilman.

Health and economics are closely linked and, to some civil rights activists, inseparable.

Read the full article from USA Today.

This article first appeared on featuring a video interview with Health Gap CEO and president, Dwight Tillery.

Dwight Tillery Enquirer

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