In this video, Columbia College Chicago student Lorenzo Jackson reports on health disparity issues on Chicago’s South Side. The video offers a look at Project Brotherhood, a men’s health clinic.

Project Brotherhood is a men’s health clinic located on Chicago’s predominately black South Side. Among other services, the clinic offers diagnosis and treatment for chronic conditions such as hypertension, diabetes, and asthma.

The clinic offers the following sobering statistics about black men’s health status:

• HIV/AIDS is the third leading cause of death for Black men aged 25-44. Even though African Americans account for 13% of the U.S. population, they account for 49% of HIV/AIDS cases.
• Life expectancy for Black men at birth in Chicago is eight years less than the national average.
• Black men have a 20% higher incidence, and a 40% higher death rate than white men, from all cancers combined. Black men have the highest death rate of all racial/ethnic groups, male or female.

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Source: Project Brotherhood–A men’s health clinic on Chicago’s South Side