The Minority Men's Health Center of Cleveland Clinic's Glickman Urological & Kidney Institute, one of the first in the country, addresses the challenges of healthcare disparities among minorities.
Through a multidisciplinary approach of culturally sensitive clinical care, community outreach, community health literacy education, health provider health disparity education, mentorship for future health care providers and health disparities research, the Minority Men's Health Center takes on some of the nation's current greatest challenges. In cooperation with the Cleveland Clinic Medicine Institute and other Cleveland Clinic clinicians and researchers at Cleveland Clinic's Lerner Research Institute, the Center pursues a wide variety of studies such as immunology, molecular genetics, behavioral research and clinical trials of new therapies and diagnostics all designed to address the elimination of health disparities.
The Minority Men's Health Center, established in 2003, provides an opportunity for minority males to undergo complete comprehensive medical evaluations to promote health & wellness and undergo health screenings for the early detection, prevention and/or treatment of a vast number of medical conditions which disproportionately afflict minority male populations, including urologic and male health concerns such as prostate cancer, benign prostatic disease, erectile dysfunction and kidney disease. The Minority Men's Health Center also serves as a primary medical center home for men through collaboration with the Medicine Institute and Kidney Transplant Center for the early diagnosis, prevention and treatment of primary medical conditions such as hypertension, diabetes, kidney disease and access to kidney transplantation.
2012 Minority Men's Health Fair
More than 1,300 men attended the 2012 Minority Men's Health Fair held on April 26, 2012. Hosted by the Minority Men's Health Center, attendees received free health screenings and educational information provided by various Cleveland Clinic departments and other outside organizations.
Nearly 350 volunteers ensured the success of the health fair by escorting attendees to specific locations for screenings and educational materials, providing health screenings and assisting with the overall flow of the event.
The free health screenings included:
- Prostate Cancer
- Kidney Function
- Colon Cancer
- Blood Pressure
- Bone Densitometry
- Sickle Cell
- Skin Cancer
- Oral Cancer
- Sleep Apnea
- Peripheral Artery Disease
- View photos from the 2011 Minority Men's Health Fair on Cleveland Clinic's Facebook page.
Health disparities between races occur for many different reasons. Some are biological factors, such as family history, that cannot be changed. Other factors include socioeconomic status, education and access to healthcare.
- Death rates for all major causes of death are higher for African Americans than for whites, contributing to a lower life expectancy for both African American men and African American women.
- Cancer in African Americans is often detected at a later stage, often due to lack of access to quality healthcare.
- Prostate Cancer is the most common cancer among men.
- African Americans have the highest mortality rate of any racial and ethnic group for all cancers combined.
- African Americans have the highest rates of cancer in the world.
- Prostate Cancer is 66% higher in African Americans than white males.
- African Americans are twice as likely to die of prostate cancer than white men.
- African Americans are six times more likely to develop kidney failure from hypertension and account for 32% of all treated patients.
- African Americans are more likely to reject transplanted organs, and less likely to receive kidney transplants.
- Transplant success rates increase when organs are matched between members of the same ethnic and racial group. Therefore, a lack of organs donated by minorities can contribute to death and longer waiting periods for organ matches.