President's Discretionary

Middlesex County NAACP Branch

2018 - $10,000

Middlesex Hospital’s 2016 community health needs assessment identified clear disparities in health outcomes for people of color in Middlesex County. For example, black men were nearly twice as likely as white men to experience avoidable heart disease or stroke, and the rate of HIV was eight times higher for black teens and adults compared to whites, and six times higher among Latinos. This funding will support focus groups with people affected by health disparities to help identify achievable goals and strategies for changing systems to ensure people of color can be as healthy as possible.