Health in the Black community is more important than ever — especially when we suffer the highest increase in suicide and opioid overdose deaths in the last three to five years. We exist at the intersection of many leading causes of death and disease. Heart conditions, obesity, hypertension, and numerous other chronic illnesses impact our community on a daily basis.
As Word In Black’s health data reporter, I feel it’s important to write stories with a lens on solution and empowerment. This is why I’ve continued to focus my coverage on stories that matter and on topics you won’t find anywhere else.
There’s a common misconception about Black folks that we don’t care for our health. But, while reporting on this beat for the last two years, I would say quite the opposite. I don’t know a community of people who advocate more for themselves or stay more on top of their health care.