How do we address Lung Health in communities of color?
Social and health inequalities surrounding lung health (i.e., lung cancer, respiratory illnesses, exposure to environmental pollutants), have led to disparities in screening, diagnosis, treatment, and research in people of color. For example, Lung cancer, also known as the “Silent Killer,” disproportionately affects communities of color, more commonly because of tobacco use, but air pollutants have been known to cause it as well. People of color are 61% more likely to live in counties with unhealthy and unclean air. These air pollutants are linked to low birth rates, high blood pressure, and asthma.
Here’s the truth. When it comes to medical research, we aren’t all included – not the way we should be, and not the way we can be.
People of Color make up 40 percent of the U.S. population, but there’s a real lack of diversity when it comes to people participating in clinical research. We’re underrepresented, which has only widened the number of healthcare disparities for us. That’s a problem, so let’s fix it.
Regardless of your own individual risk, chances are that at least one of your loved ones has experienced a lung-related condition. There’s a need to better engage people of color, and empower us to make informed decisions about our health, including those related to clinical research participation. This will inform development of novel therapies and improve overall health outcomes.
About the Lung Health Community
We are a community that shares stories and supports those suffering from lung-related conditions or anyone interested in lung health. We are here to be informative, relational, helpful, and supportive. By joining this community, you will find engaging informational content and also have the opportunity to connect with people like you.
What We Offer
- Community Engagement
- Clinical Research Opportunities
- Educational Forums
- Shared Perspectives
How to Get Started
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Frequently Asked Questions
We are an inclusive community for everyone interested in lung health. You may be a patient, a parent, caregiver, or more. We want you to feel supported, informed, and cared for by our community.
Our community was created for people who are passionate about the health of communities of color, and want to contribute to research that could impact the development of new equitable medicines for the future. Our goal is to be included in all health conversations. Our goal is a healthier community that is actively taking control of their health.
Follow the link here to answer a few questions and join the community. After a few simple steps, you will be a member of the community.
Joining this community is a smart decision to help you be included in the conversation and innovations surrounding lung health. We want to support you through providing insights on various topics such as preventative care, information on clinical research programs, and access to additional resources.
As a community member, you can actively post your insights, questions, and any information that can be helpful and supportive to others or, you can also choose to just read, comment, and like posts.