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


Amanda McCoy, MD, MPH

Amanda McCoy, MD, MPH

Amanda McCoy, MD, MPH, is an orthopaedic surgeon at UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh and assistant professor in the Division of Pediatric Orthopaedics at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. She is working to raise awareness and improve diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts at UPMC.

Read Dr. McCoy's Interview
Dr. Cream

Carlos Cream, MD, PhD

Dr. Cream is an internist and UPMC Central Pa.'s director of diversity for graduate medical education, and committed to diversifying the medical field.

Read Dr. Cream's Interview
Representative Patty Kim, Pennsylvania House of Representatives

Representative Patty Kim, Pennsylvania House of Representatives

Rep. Kim advocates to improve health care equality and accessibility in her district and throughout the Commonwealth.

Read Rep. Kim's Interview
Dr. Smith

A.J. Conrad Smith, MD

Dr. Smith is the director of the Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory at the UPMC Heart & Vascular Institute and dedicated in promoting equity and diversity in health care.

Read Dr. Smith's Interview

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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.

Cancer Disparities in Our Community

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.