The mission of the NAACP is to ensure equal political, educational, social, and economic rights for all persons and to eliminate race-based discrimination. This mission includes a focus on the right of African Americans and other people of color to have optimal health outcomes and access to timely, quality, affordable health care. African Americans continue to have the highest incidence, prevalence and mortality rates from chronic diseases like cardiovascular disease, diabetes and obesity, and issues like HIV/AIDS continue to overwhelm the Black community more so than any other racial or ethnic group.
The NAACP is committed to eliminating the racial and ethnic inequities that exist within our health care system that undermine communities of color their life opportunities and their ability to contribute fully to the common good.NAACP Health Department Staff >
The Black Church & HIV
The Black Church & HIV initiative was established to form a national network of faith leaders, religious institutions, and community members committed to making change and ending the HIV epidemic in Black America.
Anti-menthol advocacy campaign aimed at reducing menthol consumption among African-American young adults and promoting policies that protect Black communities from tobacco companies abusive advertising tactics.
ACE Dialysis Health
Imperative for Access, Choice, and Equity
The ACE Dialysis Health Imperative for Access, Choice, and Equity is designed to inform African Americans about dialysis options available for those living with kidney disease and how to access the best services locally based on their needs. The project is a partnership between the NAACP, the Alliance for Home Dialysis, and sponsor Baxter International.
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The Latest on Health
Today, NAACP Interim President and Chief Executive Officer Derrick Johnson responded to the United States Senate’s attempt to pass a “skinny repeal” of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) late last night.