Surgeon general and others discuss health at ALC 2018 of the congressional black caucus .
USA Surgeon general , Jerome Adams discussed with other health colleagues issues of health concern for the African American and black minority communities . He narrated aspects of his life story and listed a number of challenges that face minorities as relates to health . Asked what were his priorities as Surgeon general , he listed four areas including 1 Addressing the Opioid epidemic 2 Health and national security 3 Community health 4 Health equity . He talked about adverse childhood experiences that affect many African Americans and minorities . He said paying attention to health equity should be every body,s business . Dr Alexander, Obani and others addressed health disparity issues related to African American communities and what preventive and health promotional interventions could be used to address them . Chronic and Toxic stress and related health problems were addressed also . In conclusion , the importance of social determinants of health was underscored , and it,s relationship to health equity . Dr Akwo Thompson Ntuba