The National African American Tobacco Prevention Network (NAATPN) is a private non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is to "facilitate the development and implementation of comprehensive and community competent public health programs to benefit communities and people of African descent". NAATPN is one of eight CDC funded networks focused on addressing tobacco related and cancer health disparities in specific populations. NAATPN engages national and statewide partners in efforts to identify and address tobacco-related and cancer health disparities by implementing evidence-based (as well as promising) tobacco and cancer prevention strategies in African American communities. In its role, NAATPN maintains and strengthens its national network by:
· educating and sharing information about tobacco's history, facts, and prevalence
· assessing the impact of tobacco and cancer disparities in African American populations
· identifying gaps in data, interventions and/or research involving African Americans and tobacco use and cancer health disparities
NAATPN's National Network is open to any individual or organization that is willing to assist in decreasing the impact of tobacco and cancer health disparities in African American communities.