Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States, followed closely by stroke as the 5th leading cause. In 2021, heart disease was the leading cause of mortality in Kentucky with a death rate of 217.5 per 100,000 population, compared to the national rate of 209.6.
Health disparities, preventable differences in the burden of disease experienced by populations that have been disadvantaged by their social or economic status, geographic location, and environment, are a significant factor in the burden of cardiovascular disease. Black adults are more than two times as likely to die of cardiovascular disease compared to white adults. Research has attributed these disparities to structural racism, which has contributed to differential access to resources, predisposing communities of color to poorer health outcomes.
Join the Kentuckiana Health Collaborative virtually on May 16, 2023 as we convene experts and community leaders to share more about their efforts to improve outcomes in cardiovascular health, including strategies to address disparities.
After this session, you will have:
Associate Professor, Vice Chair, Patient Safety and Quality, University of Missouri
Director, Clinical Operations Stroke Program; Director, Outreach and Community Scholarly Engagement, University of Louisville
Advisor, Unite Us
Founder, A Stroke of Grace