We work to facilitate the implementation and promotion of comprehensive policies, community-led programs and culturally competent public health campaigns that benefit African Americans.
NAATPN.Inc. is a 20-year-old organization that exists to facilitate the implementation and promotion of comprehensive policies, community-led programs and culturally competent public health campaigns that benefit African Americans. We are committed to addressing the social and economic injustices that have marginalized our communities and led to deep health disparities. NAATPN is fortified by a network of community organizations, grassroots organizers, faith leaders, legislators, clinical service providers, researchers and media professionals who use their expertise to inform our policy work and amplify our educational campaigns.
For the past 10 years, NAATPN has operated as one of eight designated national networks under the CDC’s Office on Smoking and Health. In this capacity we provide tobacco control leadership in the African American community. We provide expert comment, research, and education that have resulted in cities and institutions adopting smoke-free policies and flavor restrictions.
In recent years, we have been charged under the CDC’s Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention to utilize our network model to bring HIV prevention, testing and treatment messaging to communities that have been traditionally overlooked. In partnership with other appointed national organizations, we disseminate the Act Against AIDS campaign, conduct HIV testing, expand access to services for people living with HIV and promote the decriminalization of HIV.
Although our organization is funded to tackle issues related to HIV, tobacco and cancer, we recognize that African Americans experience disparities in almost all matters of health. For this reason, we raise a banner in support of policies and programs that bring awareness to diabetes, heart disease, mental health, fetal and maternal health, opioid addiction, marijuana use and all other issues threatening total and complete Black body health. At our annual conference the State of Black Health, we speak loudly about the social injustices that contribute to all health disparities. We serve as a connector of historical African American thought leadership organizations and mobilize them in support of these critical health issues.
Our national headquarters is located in Durham, NC.