NAACP Calls To End Racial Disparities In Healthcare

The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) Health Advocacy Division will launch an unprecedented national campaign to end racial inequality in healthcare on Monday, July 12 th as part of the 95 th Annual NAACP Convention in Philadelphia July 10 th -15 th. By issuing a nationwide Call to Action on Health, the NAACP seeks to reduce racial disparities in healthcare by at least 25% over the next five years.

Kweisi Mfume, President & CEO, NAACP said, "In 2004, in the wealthiest nation in the world, large numbers of people still do not have access to quality healthcare. Despite improvements in health and healthcare across the board, African Americans, Latinos, and poor whites continue to suffer significantly disproportionate health outcomes compared to others in many disease areas. Now is the time to correct this inequity, community by community, across the United States.

Dr. Willarda V. Edwards, NAACP Health Advocacy Division Director, said: "While we are seeing healthcare and technology result in improved outcomes in many aspects of health

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