The U.S. Census Bureau estimates that there are nearly 42 million African Americans living in the country, comprising about 13 percent of the total population. Of that population, the U.S. Cancer Statistics Working Group estimates that approximately 18,000 African American men and women were diagnosed with colorectal cancer in 2013, and in just that same year, 6,850 of them died from it.
Connecting African American Communities to Free Multiple Myeloma Information, Expert Care, and Support
The purpose of the Myeloma Link Pilot Program was to implement a church-based initiative in black communities, particularly low-income communities, in an effort to: 1) heighten awareness of myeloma; 2) increase knowledge about the disease and treatment; 3) provide information and resources that will empower patients to seek novel treatments and enroll in clinical trials in a timely manner, and 4) encourage patients and caregivers to use a new, sustainable support infrastructure.
NBCI has the capability of reaching African American and Latino target populations with health literature and information anywhere in the United States where there are black churches.
The press conference was held March 28, 2010 at the Israel Baptist Church, Baltimore, MD, kicking off a seven year commitment to healthier lifestyles for all African Americans through education, pre-screening, improved diet, physical exercise, and clinical trials
Baltimore represents the first HED health community, one of 35 such communities across the country.