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Hello, thank you for visiting us. We hope that you find some useful information here that will support your interest, health concern and management about African-Caribbean people and their health in the community.

It is our aim that we give you interesting, factual, researched and important information about this group of people who you may belong to, have an interest in, care for, educate and support to make a difference in their lives, helping to give or receive effective benefits to health.

ACHIC conferences recognises the specific needs of the African-Caribbean patient population and is designed to assist the educational needs of health care professionals with an interest in addressing the health concerns that arise in this patient group to give them the best advantage in delivering health care. Whether in a primary, intermediate, secondary or community setting, the aim is to highlight, address and support the quality and management of care being offered.

The conferences will focus on some of the major clinical considerations and co-morbidities of conditions that typically affect a large number of African-Caribbean people, and discuss how best these might be approached and managed, from both a physiological and psychological viewpoint. We will also consider some of the key situations in which our own mind-set as practitioners, or that of our peers, can influence our engagement and success in delivering health care.

Conferences will address:-

Diabetes
Lipid Management
Glaucoma
Hypertension
Stroke
Prostate & Other Cancers - http://prostatecanceruk.org/prostate-information/are-you-at-risk/a-black-mans-risk
Obesity
Fibroids
Sickle Cell Anaemia
Keloid Scaring
Pigmentation
Eczema
Sexual Health
HIV/AIDS
& Mental Health

Many of these diseases and health conditions affect this population in higher proportions than other cultural groups, so medical care and advice needs to be looked at holistically, to give effective treatment to make the difference in improving the quality and even expectancy of life.

‘I know first-hand how important it is to have valuable insight of my patients health needs to assist me in delivering the best care that I can. I have been in Nursing for 24 years, and have been a practice nurse in Birmingham for the past 10 years. During this time, I have never been invited to an African-Caribbean health event, so I have decided to pioneer this one as it is important to me to deliver the best care that I can with the best information that I have’.
Maxine Brooks
ACHIC Co-ordinator
February 2014

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