Health Disparities in Our Community

At the National Convention in Houston this week, a main topic of discussion in the health symposiums will be the ever-pressing issue of HIV/AIDS within the African-American community. This issue is rapidly becoming an epidemic amongst us and yet it is still seen as a “taboo” subject. It is necessary to attack this issue head on with national initiatives such as “Dialogue with the Black Church”; an ongoing two-year national initiative to address the disparate impact of HIV/AIDS in the African American community. The program was created to be a strategic roadmap for faith leaders to follow and help reduce the spread of HIV throughout our communities. Furthering the fight against HIV/AIDS, the NAACP has partnered with the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) in its “Act Against AIDS Leadership Initiative” urging people to “Take the Test, Take Control.”

Yet, although such efforts are being made, this widespread disease continues to rampage through our community. This issue must be revisited as we try to curb the rapid infection rates. It is evident that the NAACP is making strives towards changing the trajectory of HIV/AIDS in the black community, but it is necessary that at convention workshops such as, “Exposed: Healthy Inequity and Disparities in Black America,” we are looking to engage more community members.
Join us in Houston, Texas as we discuss solutions for making our community holistically healthier.   Donna Richardson Joyner is keeping us fit during the Convention with her morning fitness bootcamp and will be helping us launch the Presidential Fitness Challenge.  Look for our HIV/Microsite to launch today here--we aim for it to be an important resource for our community faith leaders to lead the charge against the devastating impact of HIV/AIDS.

Join us in Houston, Texas as we discuss solutions for making our community holistically healthier.   Donna Richardson Joyner is keeping us fit during the Convention with her morning fitness bootcamp and will be helping us launch the Presidential Fitness Challenge.  Look for our HIV/Microsite to launch today here--we aim for it to be an important resource for our community faith leaders to lead the charge against the devastating impact of HIV/AIDS.