Aaron G. Perry is a community health advocate for African American men, and understands first hand the challenges men face establishing trust with the medical community. At age 27, Perry recognized something was not right with his health and often shared his concerns with his primary care provider during numerous office visits. Repeated concerns of unexplained weigh loss, frequent urination and a nagging cough forced Perry to become an advocate for his personal health until he found a physician that heard his concerns. At age 29, Perry’s new physician ordered a simple blood test which revealed he had type 1.5 diabetes. A chronic health condition he lived with for more than 2 years.
Perry channeled his frustration into action, by rebuilding trust with his medical team consisting of an Endocrinologist, Diabetes Educator, and Nutritionist. At age 44, Perry and his medical team took on the grueling Ironman competition consisting of a 2.4 mile swim followed by a 112 mile bike ride and a 26.2 mile run. The end result was Perry becoming the worlds 1stand only African American Diabetic to complete the Ironman Competition in a time of 16 hours, 35 minutes and 37 seconds.
To ensure that Black men and boys living in under-represented communities, who bear the heaviest burden of disease and poor health status, have the opportunity to live fuller, healthier lives.
Leading Dane County as the healthiest in the State of Wisconsin for Black Men to live and thrive.
are key in solving the health epidemic Black men currently face
can influence how we effect people’s everyday lives.
are essential in making sure we can serve the community effectively.
play a pivotal role in addressing and delivering long-term solutions.
can aid in eliminating serious illnesses and other health related issues.
directly affect the Black community’s quality of life.
Men of color often face grim health statistics. They must cope with obstacles related to education, socioeconomic status, and safety, all of which impact their overall health. African American men are less likely both to get preventive care, and to have access to quality health care when they get sick. This is just one clearly defined factor contributing to the health disparity.
We can create a community that supports a healthy lifestyle for African American men living in Dane County. By hosting culturally specific events and activities, we can reinforce the idea of a healthy life and create a physical environments that promote good health for all.
African American men are less likely to receive preventative care, and they are less likely to have access to quality healthcare when they get sick. We will end this health disparity by hosting outreach events that target chronic health conditions specific to Black men, like diabetes, obesity, high blood pressure, prostate cancer, and memory loss.
Distrust in the healthcare system keeps Black men from seeking adequate care, changing this will require a significant shift in the culture of wellness. Rebalance Life Wellness Association encourages a twice a week running group (Black Men Run), and a monthly men’s health night out event coupled with our yearly Men’s Health Conference that empowers Black men to distance themselves from old habits, and adopt a new lifestyle. We will continue to advocate for Black boys and men, and we will continue pushing and guiding community leaders to seek solutions to eliminate the disparities in the healthcare system.
Our overarching goal is to ensure that African American men living in under-represented communities, who bear the heaviest burden of disease and poor health status, have the opportunity to live fuller, healthier lives.
We target chronic healthconditions specific to diabetes, obesity, high blood pressure, prostate cancer and memory loss. These core values support the Healthy People 2020 Plan, which highlights the importance of addressing social determinants of health by “creating social and physical environments that promote good health for all.”