Psoriatic Disease Does Not Discriminate

National Psoriasis Foundation Works to End Health Disparities

Portland, Ore. (June 12, 2020) — The National Psoriasis Foundation, NPF, is saddened by and grieves along with the Black community over the recent injustices experienced across our nation. That these events have occurred alongside the pandemic, which has had an even greater impact on Black, Indigenous and people of color (BIPOC), has left us heartbroken.

Psoriatic disease doesn’t discriminate. However, we understand that there are barriers that prevent BIPOC from accessing health care and being properly diagnosed and treated for psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis. These barriers must fall.

The NPF advocates for improved access to care and meaningful access to treatments. We support research and clinical trials focused on addressing health disparities and treating BIPOC. We will continue to educate patients and providers about the different presentations of psoriasis in skin of color. These activities have been and will remain a part of our commitment to improving the lives and health of the psoriatic disease community.

Yet, we recognize there is more to learn and more work to be done.

In the coming days, NPF will be talking with internal and external stakeholders to gather additional input on advancing our work around equality and health disparities. We invite our community of 8 million individuals and those who care for them to join us in supporting BIPOC living with psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis in realizing better health outcomes.

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