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Reduce Health Disparities in the African American/Black Community

WHEREAS, the recent pandemic of the novel coronavirus has reaffirmed the need for funding and increased advocacy for health education which will include the need for an annual health check-up in the African American/Black community; and

WHEREAS, African Americans/Black people suffer from the highest rates of medical disparities and have the highest mortality rate associated with diseases than any other race, including COVID-19; and

WHEREAS, the NAACP is concerned about the lack of attention being given to African American/Black people by the federal government and the medical profession; and

WHEREAS, national funding, community and faith-based programs have been reduced for low income and disadvantaged people.

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the NAACP work with the National Medical Association, American Medical Association, community based organizations and faith based organizations and partners to implement a holistic public health plan for African American/Black people that will provide both public and private insurance funding; and

BE IT FINALLY RESOLVED, that the NAACP advocate for federal, state and local policies and resources for annual medical examinations that will reduce health disparities, and implement programs that educate and empower individuals and families on chronic disease risk factors and warning signs, healthy eating, and physical activity to address these critical issues within the African American/Black populations.

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