Visible and Invisible Trends in Black Men's Health: Pitfalls and Promises for Addressing Racial, Ethnic, and Gender Inequities in Health

Posted: 22 Mar 2016

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Keon L. Gilbert

Saint Louis University - Department of Health Management and Policy

Rashawn Ray

University of Maryland

Arjumand Siddiqi

University of Toronto - Dalla Lana School of Public Health

Shivan Shetty

Saint Louis University - Department of Behavioral Sciences and Health Education

Elizabeth Baker

Saint Louis University - Department of Behavioral Sciences and Health Education

Keith Elder

Saint Louis University - Department of Health Management and Policy

Derek Griffith

Vanderbilt University - Center for Medicine, Health, and Society

Date Written: March 2016

Abstract

Over the past two decades, there has been growing interest in improving black men's health and the health disparities affecting them. Yet, the health of black men consistently ranks lowest across nearly all groups in the United States. Evidence on the health and social causes of morbidity and mortality among black men has been narrowly concentrated on public health problems (e.g., violence, prostate cancer, and HIV/AIDS) and determinants of health (e.g., education and male gender socialization). This limited focus omits age-specific leading causes of death and other social determinants of health, such as discrimination, segregation, access to health care, employment, and income. This review discusses the leading causes of death for black men and the associated risk factors, as well as identifies gaps in the literature and presents a racialized and gendered framework to guide efforts to address the persistent inequities in health affecting black men.

Suggested Citation

Gilbert, Keon L. and Ray, Rashawn and Siddiqi, Arjumand and Shetty, Shivan and Baker, Elizabeth and Elder, Keith and Griffith, Derek, Visible and Invisible Trends in Black Men's Health: Pitfalls and Promises for Addressing Racial, Ethnic, and Gender Inequities in Health (March 2016). Annual Review of Public Health, Vol. 37, pp. 295-311, 2016. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2752945 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1146/annurev-publhealth-032315-021556

Keon L. Gilbert (Contact Author)

Saint Louis University - Department of Health Management and Policy ( email )

St. Louis, 63104
United States

Rashawn Ray

University of Maryland ( email )

College Park
College Park, MD 20742
United States

Arjumand Siddiqi

University of Toronto - Dalla Lana School of Public Health ( email )

Toronto, Ontario
Canada

Shivan Shetty

Saint Louis University - Department of Behavioral Sciences and Health Education

St. Louis, MI 63104
United States

Elizabeth Baker

Saint Louis University - Department of Behavioral Sciences and Health Education

St. Louis, MI 63104
United States

Keith Elder

Saint Louis University - Department of Health Management and Policy

St. Louis, 63104
United States

Derek Griffith

Vanderbilt University - Center for Medicine, Health, and Society

Nashville, TN 37240
United States

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