Ignored in Plain Sight

Despite the challenges in conducting research about stress, resilience, and health, to examine the impact of stress and resilience among black women represents an extremely important step towards addressing health equity in the United States. For too long, silence has shrouded the stressful experiences of black women and the potential link to CVD in the mainstream scientific community. Notwithstanding the limitations in capturing the burden of stress particularly for black women, this research nonetheless indicates that stress is as potent a risk factor as traditional CVD risk determinants. Future work should include culturally and environmentally sensitive stress and resilience measurement tools and must also examine longitudinal relationships in black men and younger populations across the socioeconomic spectrum.