The Importance of Health Literacy

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Several months ago, I received a letter from a lady who inquired as to why my TV and radio segments addressed issues that only affect African Americans and the underserved. I do not know her racial identity, but I thought it was a very appropriate question, especially during these times. It is often communicated by the media, the medical community, and politicians that African Americans have worse health outcomes compared to Caucasians. African Americans are often not aware of this dilemma and health disparities because of not being informed and assuming that health outcomes are equal.

Considering the events currently occurring in our country regarding health care, a lack of basic information regarding health outcomes, as related to African Americans and the underserved, is a major hindrance for survival.

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Thaddeus J. Bell, MD
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Thaddeus J. Bell, MD

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I am Dr. Thaddeus John Bell, closing the gap in health disparities for African Americans and the underserved.

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