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Resolution

HIV/AIDS “The Way Forward” in Collaboration with the Black AIDS Institute

WHEREAS, African-Americans are 13% of the population of the United States in 2008; 51% of the newly diagnosed HIV / AIDS cases were African-American; and 

WHEREAS, the rate of HIV / AIDS diagnoses for African-American adults and adolescents was 10 times higher as the rate for whites and nearly 3 times the rate for Hispanics; and 

WHEREAS, the rate of HIV / AIDS diagnoses for African-American women was nearly 23 times the rate for White women; and 

WHEREAS, the rate of HIV/AIDS diagnoses for African-American men was 8 times the rate for White men; and 

WHEREAS, 68 children in the United States {younger than 13 years old} have been diagnosed as new HIV/ AIDS patients, 46 of them were African-American. 

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the NAACP calls on its units to ―get informed, get tested, get treated, and get involved, and 

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the NAACP calls on its units to partner with community-based organizations, local, state and federal entities while enlisting the support of public and private funders to develop strategies on educating, testing and advocating, to create and implement a community led self-sustaining movement- strategy to empower African-Americans and communities of color regarding the HIV/AIDS State of Emergency; and 

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the NAACP strongly recommends and urges the United States Secretary of Health and Human Services and all state and local Public Health Directors to establish a coalition of community organizations and others to develop regulations that create measurable plans and funded programs to decrease the health care disparities in the African-American population; and 

BE IT FINALLY RESOLVED, that the NAACP calls on federal, state, and local policymakers to devise means to increase the funding for HIV/AIDS prevention, treatment and research. 

Derrick Lewis - Youth & College Hero

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