WHEREAS, the United States Congress authorized the study of disparities in the health care treatment system; and
WHEREAS, a study was undertaken by the National Institute of Medicines that found that minorities were receiving substandard health care in comparison the comparable white citizens; and
WHEREAS, these disparities existed regardless of income or insurance coverage; and
WHEREAS, the overwhelming evidence suggested by the study demonstrated that African-Americans received substandard health care; and
WHEREAS, this substandard health care has led to higher death rates for African Americans in the categories of HIV/AIDS, cancer and heart disease; and
WHEREAS, the study concluded that bias and stereotyping contributed to racial and ethnic disparities in the health care system; and
WHEREAS, minorities are more likely to receive less desirable surgical procedures, such as amputations at a rate up to 3.6 times greater than their white Medicare peers; and
WHEREAS, patient education and more racial and ethnic minority health care professionals will serve to ameliorate systematic disparities in the health care industry.
THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that all local NAACP units collaborate with local medical care centers and treatment facilities to develop patient education programs and to promote enhanced recruitment and retention of African American health care providers; and
BE IT FINALLY RESOLVED, that the NAACP re-affirms its 2002 resolution "Equity in Health Care & Safety" at its 2003 Convention in Miami, Florida.