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April 14, 2015

The Health of Young African American Men

Author Affiliations
  • 1Department of Family Medicine, Boston Medical Center, Boston, Massachusetts
  • 2Boston University School of Medicine, Boston, Massachusetts
  • 3New Haven Healthy Start, The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven, New Haven, Connecticut
JAMA. 2015;313(14):1415-1416. doi:10.1001/jama.2015.2258

Deaths in Ferguson, Missouri; New York City; Sanford, Florida; and other areas have focused international attention on young African American men. In a recent campaign, young African American men draw attention to key overlooked facts that describe their demographic: 1 of 3 goes to college, 3 of 4 are drug free, 5 of 9 have jobs, 7 of 8 are not teenaged fathers, and 11 of 12 finish high school.1 How can clinicians help address existing health disparities and add to these positive outcomes?

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