The NAACP is committed to eliminating the racial and ethnic disparities in our health care system that plague people of color in the United States. African Americans continue to have the highest incidence, prevalence and mortality rates from chronic diseases like cardiovascular disease, diabetes and obesity. The NYS Conference Health Committee is committed to working to improve the health of residents throughout the state with local programming in addition to policy and advocacy efforts. In 2015, the State Conference Committee introduced National health resolutions addressing Insurer Practices and Convention addressing the stigma of mental illness and access to mental health services.
During 2015 New York State Branches supported the 3rd open Enrollment for the ACA Marketplace in NYS, increasing awareness of New York State Department of Health's new 'Essential Plan'. Through stakeholder support and partnerships the Health Committee continued to tackle unmet medical needs with health fairs/screenings and national health observance/awareness campaigns. Three health campaigns of focus for 2016 include:
-National Kick Butts Day http://www.kickbuttsday.org(March 16, 2016)
-"I'm I" is a Campaign to Increase Diversity in Clinical Trials (https://www.joinimin.org)
-World AIDS Day events (http://www.worldaidsday.org)
The NAACP's national health agenda( health, childhood obesity, The Black Church & HIV) serves as the guide for all the State Conference's initiatives to improve to health and well being of families of color in the State of New York.