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The need is clear: behavioral health providers and public health leaders must rally together to address the health disparities impacting African Americans, a community historically underserved by tobacco control and behavioral health efforts.
Although anyone can develop a mental health problem, African Americans sometimes experience more severe forms of mental illness at a higher rate due to unmet needs, social and structural barriers. Rates of everyday cigarette use among those with more serious mental illness is almost double that of those without serious mental illness, and more than 72,000 African Americans are diagnosed with a tobacco-related cancer each year. Health complications such as heart disease and stroke remain staggeringly higher than other groups.
That’s why the National Behavioral Health Network for Tobacco & Cancer Control is joining the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO) and the National African American Tobacco Prevention Network (NAATPN) for a webinar Tuesday, May 8 at 2 p.m. ET. CDC-funded National Networks working to eliminate smoking and cancer related disparities, community organizers and public health officials will take a deep dive into coordinated efforts across agencies to reduce tobacco-related disparities within the African American community.
Join us as we provide tools to create a strategy between behavioral health providers, national networks, community groups, and state public health and tobacco prevention programming to support smoking cessation initiatives in your community.
Are you ready to help lead the way?