Tackling the Disparities in the Management of Atopic Dermatitis in African Americans: The Time is Now

Atopic dermatitis (AD) is a chronic inflammatory and relapsing cutaneous disease characterized by pruritus, cutaneous inflammation, and transepidermal water loss (Krakowski 2008). The incidence of AD in industrialized nations has increased by 2- to 3-fold over 30 years– it is estimated to affect between 15% and 30% of children in industrialized nations and up to 10% of adults (Bieber 2010; Silverberg 2013). The economic burden associated with AD is significant, with direct health care costs and indirect costs, such as those associated with missed work, estimated at $1000 per patient annually in the United States, and total estimated annual costs of $5.297 billion in 2015 (Drucker 2017; Mallett 2007).

The increasing incidence of AD and poor recognition of the disease in some patient groups is a public health concern. Also, there are disparities in the diagnosis and management of African Americans ( Cohen 2020). AD symptoms and its daily management cause significant effects on quality of life for both patients and caregivers. AD is associated with an increase in other atopic manifestations as well as with serious comorbidities that can significantly affect overall patient health and wellbeing (Silverberg 2015; Simpson 2012; Yu 2016; Zheng 2011).

There have been mounting evidence suggesting the involvement of intricate interactions between genetic, environmental as well as lifestyle factors as a causal factor for atopic dermatitis (Cohen 2020). Many times, these modifiable external factors and surrounding environments might contribute to disparities in prevalence, severity, management, and quality of care among different racial and ethnic groups. Therefore, it is pertinent to educate clinicians about differences in AD between African Americans and other populations, which might be essential for the development personalized and tailored treatment regimens, as an important step to address these ongoing gaps.

Recognizing our role in reducing these disparities, LiVDerm aims to educate clinicians and care teams – evidence-based prevention and treatment plans, especially in the community where most health is affected to enhance the care of patients from different racial and ethnic groups.

Target Audience

This activity is designed for an audience of physicians, nurses, pharmacists, and professional staff members of medical practices specializing in dermatology and allergy/immunology.

Learning Objectives

  • Identify approaches for improving the prevention and assessment of AD among African American population, including performing a comprehensive assessment of AD impacts on patients’ quality of life
  • Develop strategies that will aid targeted treatment of AD in this population
Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 1.00 ACPE Pharmacy
  • 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit
  • 1.00 ANCC
  • 1.00 Participation
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Course Agenda
I.Introduction: Evaluating the Burden of AD in African Americans
II.Factors Contributing to Care Disparities in African American Population
III.Evaluating and Screening for AD in AA Patients
IV.Patient Case Evaluation: Strategies for Diagnosing and Treating AD in AA Patients
V.Optimizing AD treatment in African American population

Andrew F. Alexis, MD, MPH


New York, New York


Nanette B. Silverberg, MD

Pediatric Dermatologist 

New York, New York


Peter A. Lio, MD  

Clinical Assistant Professor of Dermatology and Pediatrics

Chicago, IL


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The Annenberg Center for Health Sciences at Eisenhower requires all individuals who are in a position to control the content of this activity to disclose all their financial relationships with ineligible companies. All identified COI are thoroughly mitigated according to the Annenberg Center for Health Sciences at Eisenhower’s policy. The existence or absence of COI for everyone in a position to control content will be disclosed to participants prior to the start of each activity.

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Andrew F. Alexis, MD, MPH

Royalties: Springer, Wiley-Blackwell, Wolters KltMer

Consulting: Leo, Galderma, Pfizer, sanofi-Regeneron, Dermavant, Beiersdorf, Valeant, L’Oreal, BMS, Bausch Health, UCB, Vyne, Arcutis, Janssen, Allergan, Almirall, Abbvie, Sol-Gel, Amgen

Speaker: Regeneron, SANOFI-Genzyme, Pfizer, AStra Zeneca

Contracted Research: Leo, Novartis, Almirall, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Amgen, Menlo, Galderma, Valeant, Cara, Arcutis

Peter Lio, MD

Speaker: Regeneron/Sanofi Genzyme, Pfizer, Eli Lilly, LEO, Galderma, and L'Oreal

Advisory Board: Almirall, ASLAN, Dermavant, Regeneron/Sanofi, Pfizer, LEO, AbbVie, Eli Lilly, L’Oreal, Unilever

Research: AOBiome, Regeneron/Sanofi Genzyme, Eli Lilly,  and AbbVie

Patent Holder: Theraplex AIM (Patent Pending)

Stockholder: Micreos, YobeeCare, and Altus Labs, KPAway


Nanette Silverberg, MD

Consultant: Verrica, Vyne

Speaker: Regeneron, Sanofi


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The content manager, Amy Kousouros, from LivDerm, has nothing to disclose.



Jointly provided by the Annenberg Center for Health Sciences at Eisenhower and LivDerm in collaboration with Postgraduate Institute for Medicine.

Estimated time to complete activity: 1 hour

Commercial Support

This activity is supported by an educational grant from Incyte.

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  • 1.00 ANCC
  • 1.00 Participation
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