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:
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Dr. Marjorie Innocent, Sr. Health Director
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Rev. Keron Sadler, Health Programs Manager
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Tabatha Magobet, Health Programs Specialist
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Bernadette Onyenaka, Health Programs Specialist
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The mission of The Black Church and HIV: The Social Justice Imperative initiative is not to change what people believe. It is to reframe the HIV epidemic as a social justice issue, because current HIV disparities are the result of social inequities in American society and health care that affect individual behaviors and outcomes.
Each year, the NAACP inspires and encourages African-American faith leaders to unite on the Day of Unity to address the HIV epidemic in their communities while creating a network of knowledge and action around HIV as a social justice issue.
Please join the NAACP Health Department and Edith P. Mitchell, MD, FACP, at the NAACP 107th Annual Convention as we discuss the barriers to African Americans participation in clinical research, and how lack of diversity impact diagnosis and care for people of color.
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