Welcome to Florida Minority Health Promotion Network, Inc. (FMHPN) , where it’s about our community, our health, our lives. It is everyone’s right to have a standard of living adequate for health and well-being. It is our responsibility to take ownership of our health by getting educated, involved, and taking action. African Americans, Hispanic Americans, and other minority groups are more likely to die of preventable chronic diseases at a higher rate than their counter parts.
Obesity: In Florida, the rate of obesity for African-Americans is 38.8 percent. For Hispanics, it is 28.7 percent, and for non-Hispanic whites, it’s 24.1 percent.
Cancer: Minority and other under served populations are disproportionately affected by certain cancers, are often diagnosed at later stages of disease, and frequently have lower rates of survival. The incidence of cancer among minority populations is projected to nearly double over the next 20 years.
Diabetes: Racial and ethnic minority groups, especially the elderly among these populations, are disproportionately affected by diabetes. On average, African Americans are twice as likely to have diabetes as Whites. On average, Hispanics are 1.5 times as likely to have diabetes as Whites. >
HIV AIDS: HIV/AIDS continues to disproportionately affect minorities. Racial and ethnic minority populations in the United States, primarily African Americans and Hispanics, constitute 58 percent of AIDS cases reported to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) since the epidemic began.