Medical Fact Sheet

The Health Status of Multiracial Americans

  • FACT :
    There is a total lack of information about health risks and trends in public health statistics for the multiracial population.
  • FACT :
    Self-identification is extremely important for multiracial children and adults. Health personnel should never assume a race or ethnicity for any patient.
  • FACT :
    Every public or private entity that collects racial data must begin capturing the data for the multiracial population, including hospitals, community medical facilities, doctors, the FDA, National Institutes of Health, pharmaceutical companies, etc.
  • FACT :
    In the United States, multiracial Americans are often classified as one race at birth and another at death.
  • FACT :
    The non-inclusion of multiracial people in clinical trials by every pharmaceutical manufacturer in the U.S. puts multiracial people at risk for drug overdosing and under-dosing every day.
  • FACT :
    The United States Food and Drug Administration has not acted on the critical need for the inclusion of multiracial people in clinical trials.
  • FACT :
    There is a shortage of bone marrow donors for the multiracial population. Cord blood donation for public use needs awareness and funding to help save lives.
  • FACT :
    The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services can tell us nothing about health risks or trends in public health statistics for multiracial children and adults, although they have studied every other racial and ethnic group.
  • FACT :
    The health care system in the United States has rendered the multiracial population “invisible.”
  • FACT :
    We desperately need accurate classification for multiracial children and adults.
  • FACT :
    Multiracial Americans deserve equality in the local healthcare system and safe medical care in this country.

Bone Marrow Drive

On May 20th, Teen Project RACE teamed up with the Central New Jersey Church of Christ to hold a bone marrow drive in North Brunswick, New Jersey. The goal of the drive was to increase the number of bone marrow donors on the national registry for the many people like Krystle Delgado Felton, a young woman with leukemia who is in dire need of a bone marrow transplant. Between attaining supplies, rounding up volunteers, and finding a date and location to hold the drive, it was with perseverance that everything came together in the nick of time. With an enthusiastic group of volunteers and a wonderful representative from Be The Match Philadelphia the drive was a success! The diverse crowd in attendance, all hoping to contribute to the saving of a life, yielded 54 additions to the registry. As a minor thank you to all who registered, we provided donuts for our donors! The TPR team is exceedingly grateful to everyone who devoted their time and efforts for the life-saving cause!