Lung Health and the Black Community

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Black History Month

Black History Month (February 1 - March 1) is a time in our country to recognize Black community's influence and impact on American culture and society. The national theme for 2022 focuses on the importance of Black Health and Wellness.

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Black Leaders and Organizations in Lung Health

We partner with leaders and institutions serving Black communities to raise awareness about lung health and devise community-informed, effective ways to address disparities.

COVID-19 Resources

Fostering Trust of the COVID-19 Vaccine

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COVID-19 Vaccine Toolkit: Better For It

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COVID-19: The Role of Public Health Leaders

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Current COVID-19 Updates

To increase COVID-19 vaccination rates among Black residents, several historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) across the country have established vaccination sites located in neighborhoods more accessible to Black people to increase the equitable distribution of the vaccine. These HBCUs include:

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Lung Health and the Black Community

Environmental Justice

Clean air is essential to health. Yet nearly half of Americans are still breathing unhealthy air, and the burden is not evenly shared. Disadvantaged, under-resourced and politically disenfranchised communities are disproportionately impacted by air pollution. Oftentimes these are communities of color or low-income communities, meaning exposure to air pollution compounds other negative social determinants of health due to systemic racism and classism.

Exposure to air pollution is harmful to health in many ways, including by triggering asthma attacks. Recent studies have found that Black Americans have one of the highest rates of asthma and were over 40% more likely than white Americans to have current cases. Due to decades of residential segregation, Black Americans tend to live closer to many sources of pollution—including roadways, oil and gas operations and ports, increasing their exposure to dangerous pollutants like particle pollution and nitrogen dioxide, both of which can aggravate asthma and other respiratory diseases.

Learn more about the air you breathe from the American Lung Association’s “State of the Air” report, which analyzes data from official air quality monitors in your state.

Clinical Trials
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The American Lung Association is pleased to announce the launch of its project, Awareness Trust and Action: Improving Lung Cancer Clinical Trial Enrollment in Black Americans. The Black community is disproportionally impacted by lung cancer and underrepresented in lung cancer clinical trials. Sometimes the most appropriate treatment option for a lung cancer patient is through a clinical trial so it is important that all patients discuss this option with their doctor. This new campaign aims to educate about lung cancer clinical trials and empower all lung cancer patients, including Black Americans to advocate for their own participation. Participation=Representation. You can learn more at Lung.org/trials-and-you.

Ending the Sale of Menthol Cigarettes

The American Lung Association joins the 20+ year efforts of leading Black organizations including The Center for Black Health & Equity and the African American Tobacco Control Leadership Council (AATCLC) to educate and build confidence among public health professionals and community-based individuals addressing tobacco disparities in the Black community. This information is being provided as a starting point to dismantle racial injustices and health inequalities faced by the Black community concerning tobacco use. The Black Communities Toolkit is by no means an end-all answer, but rather a jump start to ideas and initiatives. This toolkit is available here.

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