Health & Environmental Justice

Health equality for all Americans including a healthy life and high-quality health care

Everyone will have equal access to affordable, high-quality health care, and racially disparate health outcomes will end. Learn more.

Current Hot Topics/Issues: HIV/AIDS, Obesity, STDs, Climate Change

Health Department led by Marjorie Innocent –

The mission of the NAACP is to ensure equal political, educational, social, and economic rights for all persons and to eliminate race-based discrimination. This mission includes a focus on the right of African Americans and other people of color to have optimal health outcomes and access to timely, quality, affordable health care. African Americans continue to have the highest incidence, prevalence and mortality rates from chronic diseases like cardiovascular disease, diabetes and obesity, and issues like HIV/AIDS continue to overwhelm the Black community more so than any other racial or ethnic group.

NAACP Health Department Initiatives (click to learn more):


Environmental & Climate Justice Department led by Jacqueline Patterson –

Marnese Jackson, Midwest Regional Field Organizer,

Environmental injustice, including the proliferation of climate change, has a disproportionate impact on communities of color and low income communities in the United States and around the world. The NAACP Environmental and Climate Justice Program was created to support community leadership in addressing this human and civil rights issue.

NAACP Environmental & Climate Justice Initiatives (click to learn more):