The Minority Men's Health Center at Cleveland Clinic's Glickman Urological & Kidney Institute was established in 2003 and is one of the first programs in the country to address the challenges of healthcare disparities among minorities.
Through a multidisciplinary approach of culturally sensitive clinical care, community outreach, education, research and mentorship for future health care providers, the Center enables physicians to more effectively address health disparities and provide state-of-the art patient care and treatment.
The Minority Men’s Health Center serves as a primary medical home for men and provides an opportunity for minority men to undergo complete comprehensive medical evaluations to promote health and wellness. Health screenings for the early detection, prevention and/or treatment of a vast number of medical conditions which disproportionately affect minority male populations are also provided. These include urologic and male health concerns such as prostate cancer, benign prostatic disease, erectile dysfunction, kidney and heart disease, diabetes, hypertension, colorectal cancer and other conditions. The Center also facilitates access to the Kidney Transplantation program for patients in need of kidney transplantation.
In cooperation with 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. The goal of this research is to eliminate health disparities.
What We Treat
The Minority Men's Health Center provides health screenings for the early detection, prevention and/or treatment for a number of medical conditions which disproportionately affect minority male populations such as:
- Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia
Benign (noncancerous) enlargement of the prostate, known as benign prostatic hyperplasia, or BPH, is the most common prostate problem in men. While almost all men will develop some enlargement of the prostate as they age, African-American men and men with a family history of prostate cancer are at higher risk.
Diabetes is the leading cause of kidney failure in the United States. Approximately one-half of people who need dialysis have kidney disease from diabetes. African Americans are 70% more likely to be diagnosed with diabetes compared to Non-Hispanic Caucasians.
- Erectile Dysfunction
It is estimated that one of every ten men will suffer from erectile dysfunction (ED) at some point during his lifetime. It is important to understand that in the great majority of cases, ED is a symptom of an underlying problem.
- Hypertension (high blood pressure)
African Americans are more likely to have hypertension (high blood pressure). It is a dangerous condition that can lead to strokes, heart attacks, heart failure, or kidney disease.
- Kidney Disease
According to the National Kidney Foundation, 26 million Americans have kidney disease and millions more are at an increased risk. If kidney disease worsens, wastes build to high levels in the blood; complications such as high blood pressure, anemia (low blood count), weak bones, and nerve damage can occur and increase the risk of heart and blood vessel disease.
- Kidney Transplantation
African Americans are six times more likely to develop kidney failure from hypertension and account for 32% of all treated patients. They are also 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.
- Prostate Cancer
Prostate Cancer is the most common cancer among men. African Americans have the highest rates of cancer in the world, and also the highest mortality rate of any racial and ethnic group for all cancers combined. Prostate Cancer is 66% higher in African Americans than white males, and African Americans are twice as likely to die of prostate cancer than white men.
Minority Men's Health Fair
The Minority Men’s Health Fair is held annually in April and offers free screenings and health information for men of all ages. Details about registration and the event will be available January 2019.
Dr. Charles Modlin Recognized for Minority Healthcare Initiatives
Dr. Charles Modlin, Director of the Minority Men’s Health Center, was honored as the 2016 Black Professional of the Year by the Black Professionals Association Charitable Foundation (BPACF). Learn more about the challenges of healthcare disparities among minorities as well as Dr. Modlin’s work with the Minority Men’s Health Center and the Minority Men’s Health Fair.