African American Partners

African American Partners

African Americans are living longer, with the death rate decreasing about 25% between 1999 and 2015. Still, African Americans between the ages of 18 and 49 are disproportionately affected and susceptible to certain diseases and health disparities compared to whites. Rates of heart disease, diabetes, stroke, asthma, cancer, HIV/AIDS, and influenza remain higher, while fewer people have insurance. CMS is making concentrated efforts to end these disparities, while helping millions of African Americans with health care access and disease prevention and control through Medicare and Medicaid.


The Partner Relations Group (PRG) is working towards the health prosperity of the African American Community through healthcare outreach efforts with national and local organizations.



COVID-19 Partner Toolkit:

Care Compare Tools: blog page:

CMS Publications: You can order CMS publications by creating an account in the CMS Product Ordering System: and links: and

Medicare Helpful Contacts:

Medicaid and CHIP Telehealth Toolkit:


Related Links:

CMS Mapping Disparities Tool

Medicare Preventive Resources

HHS Million Hearts

HHS Sickle Cell

CMS Office of Minority Health (OMH) Resource Center:

We look forward to partnering with you on African American health issues! Please direct any questions to the Partner Relations mailbox:

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10/17/2023 10:40 AM