Minority Physicians' Alliance

Our Mission: To provide leadership and a collective voice for racial/ethnic minority physicians to advocate for better health outcomes for our patients and our communities.

Key Goal: Reduce the burden of disease and the impact of conditions that adversely affect Alaskan Native, American Indian, Asian, Black, Hispanic, Native Hawaiian, Pacific Islanders and other medically underserved patients and communities; support providers who provide care for these patients, and advocate for funding of research and other initiatives that will lead to better understanding, interventions, and treatments for our communities.

Heart Disease

Cardiovascular Disease‚Äč is the leading cause of death in the U.S., and the American Heart Association reports:
  • The CVD age-adjusted death rate is over 30 percent higher for African Americans in comparison with the overall U.S. population; additionally, African-Americans are 30 percent less likely to receive life-saving treatment than Whites.
  • There is a higher prevalence rate of hypertension, and lower knowledge of CVD risk among Hispanics.
  • Asian Indians have a higher mortality rate associated with coronary heart disease than other racial/ethnic groups and other Asian subgroups have higher stroke incidence rates than Whites.
  • American Indians and Alaskan Natives are more likely to receive a diagnosis of heart disease, and are more likely to be obese and have high blood pressure than Whites .
  • African Americans are 30 percent more likely to die from heart disease than Whites.
  • Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders are 10 percent more likely to be diagnosed with coronary heart disease than Whites.
  • In Hawaii, Native Hawaiians are 70 percent more likely to die from heart disease than Whites.
  • African American women are 60 percent more likely than White women to have high blood pressure.
  • American Indians and Alaskan Natives are 30 percent more likely to have high blood pressure than Whites.
  • Hispanics are less likely to have their hypertension under control, compared to Whites.