Consultation to address STD disparities in African American communities, Atlanta, Georgia, June 5-6, 2007 : meeting report
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Consultation to address STD disparities in African American communities, Atlanta, Georgia, June 5-6, 2007 : meeting report

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      STDs in African-American communities
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      Understanding the myriad dynamics that converge to cause disproportionately high STD rates among African Americans in the U.S. today is a daunting undertaking. The problem's scope is most fully grasped from multiple perspectives/epidemiological, sociological, and even spiritual. All point in the same direction: STD disparities reflect socioeconomic disparities, which in turn reflect deep-rooted racial inequalities that continue to exist and are metastasized throughout American society. Daunting forces are arrayed against those attempting to eliminate racial STD disparities. Doing so completely and sustainably requires rooting out racial inequality. Yet, constructive change is achievable, as evidenced by the inroads forged by successful reductions in disparities in other diseases. Required are: innovative approaches that expand the health paradigm, standardization of disparity measurement, engagement of national and local leaders, mobilization of communities, advocacy on communities’ behalf, community-appropriate issue framing, reforms in health care delivery, partnerships with activists who share the same goals, and integration with the campaigns against other disease disparities and that share the same root causes. Experts in a variety of fields with diverse perspectives on public health, infectious diseases, and health in African-American communities gathered with CDC policymakers within the Division of STD Prevention (DSTDP) and the National Center for HIV/ AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention (NCHHSTP) for this seminal conference focused on combating the bacterial STDs disproportionately burdening African American communities. The presenting experts came from a wide cross-section of fields, representing academia, federal and local government, faith-based organizations, grassroots organizations, the private-sector, and the community. Insights shared concerned both the causes of racial disparities in STD rates and how best to combat them.
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