This introductory chapter presents an interview with Juanita Miller, a black woman who was diagnosed with arthritis, diabetes, and hypertension, and has a medical history of heart attacks, and congestive heart failure. In relation to her condition, a study found that black women had more risk factors for heart disease than their white counterparts. Socioeconomic status, including occupational category, combined family income, educational level, and insurance status might be a contributing factor for the disease. In addition to being disproportionately at risk for heart disease, black woman have also been shown to have high rates of delaying care. Their delaying of care is related to structural barriers such as lack of time, child care, transportation, access to care, and so on. Juxtaposing the study with Miller's narrative, the book examines the causes of the disease alongside ideas about health inequalities.
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