Ebola Death Outlines Issues Between Black Men and Public Health System

October 10, 2014 8:45 PM

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Ebola Death Outlines Issues Between Black Men and Public Health System

A few years ago, I was at a community health festival in Brownsville, a high-crime, very poor area of Brooklyn that is among the worst statistically in every category in New York City. After a while, I noticed something very important: few of the people coming in for checkups, testing, and medical advice were women; a majority of the people coming in were young men — all of them African American or Caribbean American.

It turns out that with the women, they felt they had no real need to come to the festival because they were getting care through pre-natal treatment at local public hospitals. But the guys were not going to doctors since many of them were unemployed, had no health insurance, and knew little about s...

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