Background and Mission

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, African Americans are living longer. The death rate for African Americans has declined about 25% over 17 years, primarily for those aged 65 years and older. Even with these improvements, new analysis shows that younger African Americans are living with or dying of many conditions typically found in white Americans at older ages. The difference shows up in African Americans in their 20s, 30s, and 40s for diseases and causes of death. When diseases start early, they can lead to death earlier. Chronic diseases and some of their risk factors may be silent or not diagnosed during these early years. Health differences are often due to economic and social conditions that are more common among African Americans than whites. 

Major health concerns facing African Americans include Cardiovascular disease (heart attack, stroke, coronary artery disease), cancer, diabetes, Alzheimer’s, HIV/AIDS and Mental Health. 

The Prince Hall Shriners have dedicated that past 12 years to the promotion of diabetes education, outreach and research through its National Diabetes Initiative in collaboration with the American Diabetes Association (ADA). Additionally, PHS has contributed over 1million dollars to the ADA to support that effort. 

While the support of diabetes education and research has now become the brand of PHS, there is a great need and opportunity to expand its social footprint to include other health concerns that disproportionately impact the African American community.  The transitional the National Diabetes Initiative into the Community Health Initiative will enable the PHS to continue its efforts to reduce the burden of diabetes as well as diversify its efforts and resources to address other health concerns that impact the African American community.

Mission Statement

The mission of the PHS CHI is reduce key health disparities that impact African Americans.  Additionally, the CHI aims to improve the lives of members of the AEAONMS family and the communities in which we are members through health promotion, outreach and advocacy. 



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