Black Resilience and the Science on Cardiovascular Health and Disease Disparities

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An academic article on the Morehouse-Emory Cardiovascular (MECA) Center for Health Equity Study, which examined Black Americans’ resilience to cardiovascular disease and other health disparities.

“Little attention has been historically given to the fact that African Americans as a population show the sustained ability to survive an evolving array of social, economic and environmental adversities that date back to more than a century before the founding of the United States. While these inequities have indeed taken (and continue to take) a devastating toll, there is also wide heterogeneity in outcomes, suggesting the existence of substantial individual and collective resilience among African Americans.”