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.
In addition the NAACP is engaged in the workforce development movement to increase the number of minorities represented in the medical and public health profession, and a leading presence on governmental advisory workgroups and national coalitions developed to provide counsel on cultural competency in the health care system.
For the past 25 years, World AIDS Day has commemorated the lives of more than 35 million people who have died from the disease worldwide. Here in the United States, World AIDS Day raises awareness about the epidemic at home, where more than 1.1 million Americans are living with HIV.
Food Day is about continuing the fight for affordable and accessible food regardless of the community you live in. It's also about ensuring that children across hte nation receive the most nutritious meals possible through the lunch program.
On a recent Sunday morning, church-goers in Baltimore piled into their places of worship expecting to hear a sermon on an epic battle. To the surprise of many, the battle the pastor spoke of was not between David & Goliath but between the black community and the HIV/AIDS epidemic.