The NAACP Formalizes Partnership With Pfizer To Advance Health Of African Americans

On October 19th, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) announced that its three-year, $1 million partnership with Pfizer Inc is underway. The partnership formalizes a long-standing relationship and focuses on developing health information and advocacy programs that will help lead to better health for millions of African Americans.

The NAACP and its Health Advocacy Division have long noted that quality health care is a human right of all Americans and that the health care gap impinges on the equality of African Americans.

"The NAACP's mission is to eradicate barriers to freedom and equality. Despite improvements in health and healthcare across the board, African Americans, Latinos and Native Americans continue to suffer in many disease areas. This state of affairs is unacceptable,"said Kweisi Mfume, NAACP President and CEO. "Improving the health of all Americans is one of the greatest challenges facing America as we seek to improve the lives of all of our citizens. We are pleased to partner with Pfizer, a leading health care company, to address these complex issues. Together, our organizations are uniquely positioned to translate our knowledge about the problem into solutions for the African American community."

According to a 2002 Institute of Medicine report, African Americans have the highest mortality rates of any U.S. racial and ethnic group, 1.6 times higher than that of whites. In a number of areas

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