Health Equity

For too long, Black Americans have long been plagued with healthcare disparities that can mean the difference between life or death. The lack of access to quality healthcare is now front and center in our national political conversation – and NAN will make 2021 be the year of Black Health Equity. 

Only when our nation’s most vulnerable receive the same treatment at the same cost and with the same efficiency as the rest of the country, will the American idea be true for all. NAN is committed to addressing the myriad of systemic inequities that rob people of their overall well-being, whether addressing unemployment and low wages that prevent families from accessing healthcare and healthy meals or dealing with poor infrastructure that disproportionately forces people of color to navigate food deserts, air, water, and soil contamination which leave communities more susceptible to illness and at higher risk of mortality.  


Chapter Health & Wellness Committees

NAN chapters nationwide remain at the forefront of community health justice taking on initiatives such as leading 12-week NAN’s Health and Hunger Academy courses, hosting ACA open enrollment events, and confronting discriminatory approaches to smoking cessation, among others lead by health and wellness committees.

In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, NAN chapters and offices across the United States worked to address food insecurity with CARES and World Central Kitchen to provide over 1.5 million meals​ seven days a week to those in greatest need. As we embark on 2021, NAN will continue to address and elevate the awareness of the glaring health inequities in our community.


Rev. Al Sharpton on Black Health Equity

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Enrollment Period for in Health Insurance extended to May 15th, 2021

You can enroll in health plans due to the COVID-19 emergency through May 15, or anytime if you have certain life changes or qualify for Medicaid or CHIP. Use the platform through May 15th to look for coverage or find out if you qualify for financial assistance to help pay for health insurance.

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View Resources for the American Rescue Plan by Region or Community

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Join your local NAN chapter’s Health and Wellness Committee

Become a champion of health equity in your community today.

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