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Co-Morbidity and Other Complexities Affecting Black Women’s Health


  • Tamara Jeffries



This paper presents some of the major health concerns that affect black women, and examines how various individual health problems co-exist and coincide to create complex health concerns for women. It posits the idea that to effectively address a Black woman’s health, her mental, emotional, social, economic and even spiritual health must be considered as well as her physical condition. The paper focuses largely on the information from individual health-related research presentations at “The Invisible Woman” conference held at Bennett College in March 18–19, 2011 in Greensboro, North Carolina. At this event, scholars presented new research on HIV, obesity and mental health—three areas of critical concern for African–American women—examining ways in which these conditions affect Black women. The paper also addresses the role of health care access and policy in addressing these and other health concerns among women and within the black community. The review of the literature highlights the importance of examining health—perhaps especially Black women’s health—from social, cultural, behavioral, environmental and economic perspectives. It also points out the continued need for research that includes women and people of color. Copyright Springer Science + Business Media, LLC 2012

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  • Tamara Jeffries, 2012. "Co-Morbidity and Other Complexities Affecting Black Women’s Health," The Review of Black Political Economy, Springer;National Economic Association, vol. 39(3), pages 335-340, September.
  • Handle: RePEc:spr:blkpoe:v:39:y:2012:i:3:p:335-340
    DOI: 10.1007/s12114-012-9131-9

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