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Title:
African American women's life issues today : vital health and social matters
Author:
Collins, Catherine Fisher, editor.
Publication Information:
Santa Barbara, California : Praeger, an imprint of ABC-CLIO, LLC, [2013]

©2013
Physical Description:
xxxvi, 168 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Summary:
"After decades of research devoted to women's health, a federal agency focused on women's health, and millions of dollars allocated to address women's health disparities, African American women are still the sickest American citizens. This book examines why. Written by an all-female, all-African American team of health experts that include nurse practitioners, registered nurses, educators, and psychologists, this book focuses on the diseases and related social issues that cause the greatest harm and pose the greatest threat to African American women today. Its chapters address topics as varied as heart disease, cancer, sexually transmitted diseases, domestic violence, cervical and breast cancers, obesity, depression, mental illness, dementia/Alzheimer's, and incarcerated women's health care. A chapter is dedicated to identifying the social, cultural, and environmental barriers that block African American women from experiencing the best possible lives. Providing comprehensive coverage of the topic from an Afrocentric perspective, this text will be of great interest to medical and psychological health professionals and professors; social workers, counselors, and students in these fields; as well as African American women seeking current and expert information on these health threats. Presents technical information that will be invaluable to professionals in the social science and health science fields within text that is easy-to-read and accessible for general readers; examines the challenges of rectifying the main source of health disparity among African American women: poor economic status; covers a wide range of health issues affecting African American women, including breast cancer, dementia, depression, domestic violence, HIV, obesity, and sickle cell anemia" -- Publisher's description.
Language:
English
Contents:
Sick, tired, and healing / Julianne Malveaux -- Introduction on the health and social status of African American women / Catherine Fisher Collins -- Section I. Physical health. 1. Health disparities and cardiovascular disease in African American women / Mattie L. Rhodes -- 2. African American women: living with sickle cell disease / Jamesetta A. Newland -- 3. Promoting cervical cancer prevention among African American women / Denise M. Linton -- 4. African American women and breast cancer issues / Patricia K. Bradley -- 5. The skinny on fat and exercise: truth about obesity among Black women / Portia Johnson and Yvonne Wesley -- Section II. Mental health. 6. Super sisters: daring to say it, depression / Shuana K. Tucker and Lisa M. Loury-Lomas -- 7. Dementia in African American women / Funmi A. Aiyegbo-Ohadike -- Section III. Environmental factors. 8. African American women, intimate partner violence, and community violence: health intersection and aftereffects / Lorraine E. Peeler -- 9. Health-care pathways and issues for African American women in prison / Catherine Fisher Collins.
ISBN:
9781440802973
Format :
Book

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After decades of research devoted to women's health, a federal agency focused on women's health, and millions of dollars allocated to address women's health disparities, African American women are still the sickest American citizens. This book examines why.


Author Notes

Catherine Fisher Collins , DEd, is associate professor of community and human services at the State University of New York Empire State College.


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This book provides a good overview of health-related topics pertaining to African American women. The edited collection, organized into three parts, includes nine chapters authored by nurses, educators, and psychologists. Section 1, "Physical Health," by far the largest section, covers cardiovascular disease, sickle cell disease, cervical cancer, breast cancer, and obesity. The chapter on breast cancer is framed within the story of how this disease affected the author's grandmother; this personal account is very accessible and informative and presents a wide variety of factors related to the disease. The second section, "Mental Health," focuses on depression and dementia. The chapter titled "Super Sisters: Daring to Say It ... Depression" provides extensive coverage of an important subject: the stigma attached to mental health issues in the African American community. The final section, "Environmental Factors," discusses interpersonal and community violence as well as health issues for incarcerated women. While the book is uneven in terms of accessibility, readability, and the number of topics covered in each section, the individual chapters offer strategies for innovation and are enhanced by graphs and figures as well as references for further investigation. Summing Up: Recommended. Lower- and upper-division undergraduates and general readers. H. Aquino Albright College


Table of Contents

Julianne MalveauxCatherine Fisher CollinsMattie L. RhodesJamesetta A. NewlandDenise M. LintonPatricia K. BradleyPortia Johnson and Yvonne WesleyShuana K. Tucker and Lisa M. Loury-LomasFunmi A. Aiyegbo-OhadikeLorraine E. PeelerCatherine Fisher Collins
Foreword: Sick, Tired, and Healingp. ix
Prefacep. xiii
Acknowledgmentsp. xvii
Introduction on the Health and Social Status of African American Womenp. xix
Section I Physical Health
1 Health Disparities and Cardiovascular Disease in African American Womenp. 3
2 African American Women: Living with Sickle Cell Diseasep. 23
3 Promoting Cervical Cancer Prevention among African American Womenp. 49
4 African American Women and Breast Cancer Issuesp. 63
5 The Skinny on Fat and Exercise: Truth about Obesity among Black Womenp. 85
Section II Mental Health
6 Super Sisters: Daring to Say It... Depressionp. 101
7 Dementia in African American Womenp. 117
Section III Environmental Factors
8 African American Women, Intimate Partner Violence, and Community Violence: Health Intersections and Aftereffectsp. 131
9 Health-Care Pathways and Issues for African American Women in Prisonp. 147
Indexp. 157
About the Editor and Contributorsp. 161