The NAACP is committed to eliminating the racial and ethnic disparities in our health care system that plague people of color in the United States. African Americans continue to have the highest incidence, prevalence and mortality rates from chronic diseases like cardiovascular disease, diabetes and obesity. Additionally issues like HIV and infant mortality have continued to overwhelm the Black community. Systemic imbalances in the health care delivery system disproportionately affect African Americans and Latinas more than their White counterparts.
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:
Meet Our Staff:
Rev. Keron Sadler, Health Programs Manager
Office: (410) 580-5619
Tabatha Magobet, Health Programs Specialist
Office: (410) 580-5682
Bernadette Onyenaka, Health Programs Specialist
Office: (410) 580-5663
It is time to address the injustices in the health care system, the higher rates of HIV infection among African Americans, and the lower quality and quantity of health resources in our communities.
While the U.S. is taking steps forward in the fight against HIV, nearly 50,000 people were diagnosed with the virus in 2013. Almost half of those diagnoses were among Black Americans – a crippling statistic for a community that has long endured worse health outcomes than any other racial or ethnic group in the U.S. This threat to the survival and well-being of our community is a social injustice, and it is our duty to speak out, take action, and inspire advocacy for the health equity needed to end HIV in Black America.
There are more than 21,000 Black Churches in the U.S., and with your help, there is potential to make a significant impact and inspire people to help put an end to the HIV epidemic in Black America.
Join the NAACP in recognizing NWGHAAD! Each year on this day, people are encouraged to join the fight against HIV/AIDS by recognizing its impact within the female population.