The objective of OAAA Health Outreach Committee, and other efforts, is to help improve the quality of health for the African American community in the state of New Mexico. In response to chronic health disparities that persist in African Americans communities, we provide information, advocacy, resources and coordination for health initiatives throughout the State of New Mexico. Increased prevalence of HIV, tobacco use, infant mortality, as well as cardiovascular disease, obesity, breast cancer, depression and diabetes in ethnic communities around the United States makes our cause urgent.
Our goal is to increase community awareness regarding:
1. healthy lifestyles which reflect and affirm Afrocentric culture,
2. advocating for quality of care for Blacks in New Mexico,
3. social determinants of health, such as economics and education, as well as
4. disease prevention, treatment and management, preferably by providers who understand the relevance of culture in healing.
As we further develop partnerships with effective referral systems for quality and culturally resonant care, we help to reduce African American health disparities in the State of New Mexico. To that end, the OAAA also works to expand community and state based health agency partnerships statewide. This also includes capacity building and other work with institutions of higher learning to increase the number of African American Students successfully completing health related academic fields of study.
This Committee is open to the public. For more information contact Kenneth Winfrey at 505-383-6216 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.