As February ends, I’ll be remiss not to bring attention the issues that plague our community. Like mental health, HIV, heart disease. February 7 was HIV/AIDS awareness day, 14-21: national cardiac rehabilitation week. These are pertinent issues that are hit our community the hardest. Even though there have been strides to eradicate the issue. The conversation needs to continue to help the next generation. Mental Health is something that elders weren’t comfortable with discussing. Now the issues have gotten too far gone where we have no choice but to address it. With grace, time, and the younger generations help with dialogue, it’s no longer taboo to discuss. Mental Health affects black Americans at a rate of twenty percent. Common health disorders include PTSD, ADHD, Bipolar Disorder, Depression, Suicide. Then there are certain factors that can become triggers like homeless and violence. African Americans make up forty percent of the population. Socioeconomic factors played in part in why some don’t seek treatment. With the Affordable care act, it has become possible to take better care of ourselves. HIV/AIDS is a disease that hits a community just as hard because people don’t practice safe sex like they should. The CDC says that in 2014, four times as many black women were diagnosed with HIV than Hispanic women, and 3.5 times as many than white women. It's been stated closeted men(down low) are the cause. It’s more common for women to get the virus from men than vice versa. Another reason is lack of access to healthcare professionals. If a person doesn’t have the means to get tested, then that’s longer they go without treatment. Heart disease is the number one killer of all Americans and it’s the leading cause of death. For blacks, it’s high blood pressure which can increase the chances of stroke and heart disease. Nearly 42% of black men and more than 45% of black women aged 20 and older have high blood pressure. It has been proven that blacks have high blood pressures than any other race. So, it’s imperative to get regular physicals and check blood pressure regularly. Obesity is another factor that increases the likelihood of heart disease. Watch eating foods high in sodium, super sugary, in excess because the results of that is fluid retention. This information above was written to better inform everyone and inspire them to become their best self. No one is going to live forever but who wants to miserable popping pills to get by.