It's up to all of us to prevent health disparities.

Addressing Health Disparities in Our Community

Black Americans in the Pittsburgh area and across our country experience disparities when it comes to their health, including chronic conditions, access to care, preventive screenings, and mental health.

Health disparities are preventable and UPMC is committed to driving health education and programming, partnering with our community, and training health care providers to ensure that all individuals and families have the opportunity to live healthier lifestyles.

The first step to preventing health disparities starts with identifying and understanding them. Health disparities can result among Black patients from multiple factors including but not limited to:

  • Individual and behavioral factors
  • Inadequate access to health care
  • Educational inequalities
  • Environmental threats
  • Poverty

On the Forefront of Health Disparities

Tracey Conti, MD
Tracey Conti, MD

Dr. Conti is a UPMC family physician dedicated to addressing health care disparities, including care delivery in underserved communities, medical education, and women’s health issues.

Read Dr. Conti's Interview

Representative Austin A. Davis, Pennsylvania House of Representatives
Representative Austin A. Davis, Pennsylvania House of Representatives

Rep. Davis is a strong advocate for addressing and fighting health disparities in his district and throughout the region.

Read Rep. Davis' Interview

Utibe Essien, MD, MPH
Utibe Essien, MD, MPH

Dr. Essein is a physician researcher. His work focuses on racial/ethnic health disparities in cardiovascular disease care and social determinants of health.

Read Dr. Essien's Interview

Steven Evans, MD, FACS
Steven Evans, MD, FACS

Dr. Evans is a general surgeon and surgical oncologist with UPMC Hillman Cancer Center. He is an advocate for the elimination of cancer disparities among Black women.

Read Dr. Evans' Interview

Hyagriv Simhan, MD, MSCR
Hyagriv Simhan, MD, MSCR

Dr. Simhan, a physician at UPMC Magee-Womens Hospital, is a leader in promoting increased safety and health care quality for pregnant women.

Read Dr. Simhan's Interview

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Kidney Transplant and Health Disparities

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How Does COVID-19 Affect Racial and Ethnic Minorities?

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Heart Disease and African Americans: What’s The Connection?

Heart Disease and African Americans: What’s The Connection?

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Breast Cancer in African-American Women: Disparities in Cancer

Breast Cancer in African-American Women: Disparities in Cancer

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Ryan Shazier’s 50 Phenoms Podcast: Dropping the Beat on Sickle Cell Disease

Ryan Shazier’s 50 Phenoms Podcast: Dropping the Beat on Sickle Cell Disease

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Glossary:

  • Health Disparities: preventable and disproportionate health conditions and inequalities that exist among all ages in a certain population.
  • Health Literacy: the degree to which an individual can obtain, process, and understand basic health information, so that they can make the best health care decisions.
  • Social Determinants of Health: factors like biology and genetics, individual behavior, social environment, physical environment, and health services, that contribute to an individual’s overall health outcome.
  • Media Literacy: the ability to access, analyze, and evaluate media in a variety of forms. Media literacy is important when it comes to health care because it impacts how individuals make health care decisions based from the information that is presented around them.
  • Unconscious Bias: social stereotypes people unintentionally form about groups of people that can affect how they perceive and interact with them.
UPMC Health Disparities

About one in three Black Americans will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime, and studies show that Black men and women have the highest rate of death from cancer than any racial or ethnic group in the United States. Learn more about these disparities and what UPMC is doing to address them.