About NAACP Health Programs


The NAACP's national health agenda includes a four-tiered approach to improving the health and well being of African American families and families of color:

Childhood Obesity: Childhood obesity has plagued a generation--one that that has been predicted to be the first that will not outlive their parents. Addressing the issue of childhood obesity in the African American community requires an advocacy agenda designed to change policies and programs at the local, state and federal levels and an effective, community-wide outreach plan that will educate African American families and increase awareness on the root causes for childhood obesity, its connection to other health disorders that affect our wellbeing, and the need to eradicate childhood obesity across the nation.

HIV/AIDS: African Americans are disproportionately impacted by the HIV/AIDS epidemic more than any other racial or ethnic group in the United States. The NAACP’s health department is committed to “sounding the alarm” about the effects of HIV/AIDS through advocating for increased testing, education, and polices aimed at stopping the rates of new infections and increasing the access to care especially in communities of color.

Visit the HIV and Black Church Initiative here.

Healthcare System Reform: The NAACP successfully advocated and mobilized in support of the passage of the health care reform bill for all Americans. Every American deserves security when it comes to health care. As we consider the healthcare debate across this country, the Association encourages local units and collaborative partners to stand for the rights of those that can't stand for themselves.

Health Disparities: The NAACP will continue to utilize our national voice as a premiere civil rights and advocacy organization to assist in the eradication of racial and ethnic health disparities. This work will include identifying social and environmental factors that affect health and wellness for communities of color. The NAACP will also engage in the workforce development movement to increase the representation of people of color in medical and public health professions.



Shavon Arline-Bradley is the Director of Health Programs for the NAACP.

Shavon Arline-Bradley has 10 years of public health experience in the areas of health disparities, federal and state government health program management, and community and stakeholder collaborative relationship building. She served as the Health Programs Coordinator of REACH 2010 @ the Heart of New Orleans focusing on the heart health of over 1300 African American women.

Shavon relocated to Central Virginia to join the Crater Health District as the Community Health and Prevention Supervisor and public information officer. She was also the Health Program Manager with the Black Women's Health Imperative and the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) overseeing community outreach and program implementation for programs focusing on healthy living for African American women and their families.

Mrs. Arline-Bradley is a co-author of "The Queen's Legacy", a journey of the trials and triumph of phenomenal women. She was also a recipient of the Young and Powerful Excellence in Leadership Award. A public health advocate and former track and field athlete, she earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Physiology and Masters of Public Health degree from Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana.