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Our Mission

NAATPN's mission is to facilitate the development and implementation of comprehensive and community competent public health programs to benefit communities and people of African descent.

Our Work


We build the capacity of strategic partners, public health organizations so that they may advocate for culturally appropriate solutions that promote health equity. We focus our efforts on issues related to tobacco use, cancer and HIV/AIDS. 

Our Approach


We believe that the first step to mobilizing communities is to become of aware of the root causes of health disparities.This means examining and reversing the impact of institutional social structures that impact African American health.

Together We Can Solve Health Disparities.

The most compelling meeting in the nation that builds on health equity solutions for African American communities. This year's conference will tackle cancer, gun violence, mental health and a myriad of other critical public health issues. 

We will soon announce a new date for

State of Black Health 2020.

Early registration will remain open through June.



CDC tells people over 60 or who have chronic illnesses like diabetes to prepare for a lengthy stay at home



Recently, Dr. Nancy Messonnier, director of the CDC’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases offered warnings to the public related COVID-19 and chronic illness such as diabetes. "People with diabetes, heart disease, lung disease and other serious underlying conditions are more likely to develop “serious outcomes, including death,” she said.

Additional guidance from the CDC explains more specifically, threat diabetes can make the immune system less able to fight infections, heightening the risk of complications associated with COVID-19.

In fact, 30 percent of adult flu hospitalizations reported to CDC have had diabetes.

  • The CDC is expanding its guidance for people at extreme risk of serious illness, like those over 60 or with underlying health conditions. 

  • Those over the age of 60 should start stocking up on enough groceries and medications to have on hand, the CDC said. 

  • Those at greatest risk of serious illness should stay home as much as possible if COVID-19 comes to their community, the CDC said.

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