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Congressional Black Caucus Health Braintrust Chair Recognizes Lupus Awareness Month

May 13, 2016
Press Release

Today, U.S. Congresswoman Dr. Robin Kelly (D-IL), chairwoman of the Congressional Black Caucus Health Braintrust, released the following statement in recognition of Lupus Awareness Month.

“Each May, we recognize Lupus Awareness Month to help educate the public about lupus and to encourage greater investment in research on this mysterious disease. Despite the 1.5 million Americans who suffer from the disease, lupus is often overlooked. . In fact, it takes an estimated six years for someone suffering from lupus to receive an accurate diagnosis.

Lupus also disproportionately impacts women and people of color.  Today, more than 90 percent of people suffering from lupus are women. African Americans, Latinos, Asians and Native Americans are as much as three times more likely to be diagnosed with lupus than whites. As such, as Chairwoman of the Congressional Black Caucus Health Braintrust, I included a chapter on lupus in my 2015 Kelly Report on Health Disparities in America. I remain committed to supporting policies to help us better understand and combat Lupus and will continue working with my colleagues and national stakeholders to advocate for funding for lupus research.”