Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health

, Volume 11, Issue 2, pp 143–147 | Cite as

Book Reviews: African American Health in the United States

  • Karen Jaynes WilliamsEmail author
  • Martha A. Hargraves
  • Keith C. Norris
Book Review

The three books reviewed in this issue highlight the implications of race, culture, community, and life events on the health of African Americans living in the United States. While recognizing that classifying persons into groups to discuss special needs has limitations and a controversial past, especially in the United States, we hope that this particular grouping of texts will reveal the importance of recognizing and responding to the heterogeneity of the African American community and its unique cultural and socioeconomic subpopulations. It is also hoped that the ability of responding to specific vulnerabilities can be translated into a more general skill set that helps public health practitioners, researchers, and teachers learn to incorporate context into their work in community health.

These books address African American health from three very different perspectives. Keith Norris’ review of Health Issues in the Black Communityunderscores the importance of “key conditions that...


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Karen Jaynes Williams
    • 1
    Email author
  • Martha A. Hargraves
    • 1
  • Keith C. Norris
    • 2
  1. 1.Division of Health Policy and Health Services Research, Department of Obstetrics and GynecologyThe University of Texas Medical Branch at GalvestonGalvestonUSA
  2. 2.Department of Internal MedicineCharles Drew University of Medicine and ScienceLynwoodUSA

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