Health & Wellness
Health Committee Duties
The Health Committee shall: (1) work to promote, protect and maintain the health of African Americans; (2) assess the health needs of the community; (3) advocate for equal access to health education, care, treatment and research for all Americans; (4) sponsor health-related activities such as health forums, fairs and workshops highlighting issues of importance to people of color; and (5) support health initiatives of the Association.
A Message from Texas NAACP Health Committee Chair Carol Moore
The Texas NAACP is engaged with local, state and national medical practitioners, organizations and nonprofits in addressing the highly contagious COVID-19 spread in our communities and its disparate impact on African Americans. While data regarding race is incomplete (the state is working to collect and compile it), what we do know at this point is extremely troubling.
African Americans make up 23% of Houston’s population, but account for 66% of COVID-19 deaths. Such disparities exist in other counties, including Dallas, Bexar and Travis Counties.
As of June 2020, African Americans in Texas accounted for 16% of COVID-19 cases and 13% of COVID-19 deaths. By contrast, Black Texans make up 12% of the population. That information comes from the Texas Department of State Health Services. Keep in mind that it is incomplete and that many leaders and health experts believe the numbers when final will be worse.
We have concerns about discrimination, implicit or explicit, in the treatment Black Texans are receiving from the medical community.
NAACP Hotline for testing complaints: (817) 330-9791
For more information, or to volunteer, contact Carol Moore at (832) 269-6303 or Texas NAACP Staff Member, Lonzo Kerr at (512) 985-9151 or firstname.lastname@example.org. For subscription to CDC newsletters, visit Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).