High blood pressure is common in 12% vs. 10% of blacks vs. whites aged 18-34 years, respectively. It is common in 33% vs. 22% of those aged 35-49 years, respectively.

Health Initiatives is a Mandated program of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. and one of our Chapter's pillars. Through these programs, we facilitate, participate and coordinate activities that promote good health practices within the Columbus, Ohio community. Many of our initiatives focuses on areas where we see health disparities within the African-American community. According to  KFF, health and health care disparities refer to differences in health and health care between groups that stem from broader inequities. There are multiple definitions of health disparities. Healthy People 2030 defines a health disparity, as “a particular type of health difference that is linked with social, economic, and/or environmental disadvantage,” and that adversely affects groups of people who have systematically experienced greater obstacles to health. Through our Chapter's work on breast cancer, prostate cancer, diabetes and other issues, we hope to bring awareness to these issues.

If you are interested in assisting us in this initiative or would like to donate, please contact our Health Initiatives Chair Brother Christopher Plummer at 614.619.2420.

Black women have a maternal mortality rate of 2.9 times that of White women in the United States

Diabetes is common in 10% of blacks aged 35-49 compared to 6% of whites.

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