Many African Americans are leery of medical care, says Dr. Winston Price, president of the National Medical Association, an organization of black MDs. “It’s only natural they’d feel more comfortable talking with someone more culturally sensitive.” If this sounds like you, tap the following resources to find one of the 20,000 black medical professionals practicing in the U.S.

General practitioners and specialists: Visit the National Medical Association’s user-friendly Physician Locator Service at or call (202) 204-1223. For HIV doctors, check out’s October 2004 article, “Their Patients, Their People.”

Dentists: Hit up the National Dental Association at (202) 588-1244 or visit

Mental-health specialists: Try the Association of Black Psychologists, (202) 722-0808,