Health Issues

NAACP Health Goals

The National NAACP Health Department’s goals are to organize new NAACP Branch health committees; develop national health education initiatives; expand community outreach; and sponsor collaborative programs with other national and local health organizations. These form the guidelines and goals for individual branches like us here in Norwich.

Target Area And Disparities

NAACP Goal: Ensure access to high-quality affordable

healthcare nationwide

  • Racial Disparities and Access to Healthcare: Minorities are less likely to be insured and more likely to receive substandard care than non-minorities even when access-related factors, such as patients’ insurance status and income, are controlled.

    Norwich NAACP Goal: Provide specific local information

  • To help ensure access, we plan to work with local healthcare providers, helping raise awareness of the services they offer, providing information on preventative and rehabilitative measures, and empowering our members and supporters to be their own best advocates regarding health care.

NAACP Goal: Eliminate disparities in HIV/AIDS.

  • HIV/AIDS: There are now an estimated 1.3 million Americans living with HIV; nearly half of them are Black. African Americans represent over 51% of the new HIV infections in the United States.

    Norwich NAACP Goal: Provide local information related to 

    access to high-quality affordable healthcare

NAACP Goal: Reduce Obesity Disparities and related diseases–

diabetes, hypertension, heart disease

  • Obesity: According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 77 percent of Black women and 62 percent of Black men are overweight – which helps explain why we lead in many statistics for obesity-related conditions, like diabetes, heart disease, and cancer.

    Norwich NAACP Goal: Provide local information related

    to access to health-enhancing services, empower individuals

    to be proactive in tacklinig health issues

NAACP Goal: Promoting the development of good mental health

practices and programs.

  • Mental Health: Minorities are less likely to receive needed mental health services, often receive a poorer quality of mental health care treatment, and are underrepresented in mental health research.

    Norwich NAACP Goal: Provide information on local mental

    health services, treatment and research.

NAACP Goal: Reduce disparities in respiratory diseases.

  • Respiratory Diseases: African Americans have similar rates of cigarette smoking as Whites (22% vs. 24% respectively in 2002) and lower overall exposure to tobacco smoke, but are more likely to develop and die from lung cancer. Black men are at least 50 percent more likely to develop lung cancer and 36 percent more likely to die from the disease than White men.

    Norwich NAACP Goal: Provide information on local

    providers of services related to respiratory issues, diagnosis

    and treatment