The Health Advantage of HBCUs

According to Colen, Pinchak and Barnett (2021) racial stressors are associated with Metabolic Syndrome and can lead to an increased risk of stroke, hypertension, and diabetes in people of color.

Based on their study, African American students who attend HBCUs experience fewer racial stressors than African American students who attend Predominantly White Institutions (PWIs) and had a 35% reduction in the odds of a metabolic syndrome.

The authors concluded: "Our results underscore the important role that HBCUs play in the lives of African Americans and suggest their impacts go far beyond traditional benchmarks of socioeconomic achievement to include key health outcomes."

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