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.
The NAACP is the nation’s oldest pre-eminent civil rights organization. In existence for nearly a century, the NAACP is responsible for a number of victories in the struggle for justice and equality in America.
Often organizations struggle with what they define as “hard to reach communities”, but I believe there is no such thing. This is a definition for those organizations that “don’t know how to reach communities” and tries to address one community issue at a time. Organizations must learn how to authentically engage with communities, which requires more listening and learning than doing.