The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) hosted an Emergency Tele Townhall for which thousands tuned in to hear from a panel of faith, medical and political leaders on how community members can protect themselves and safety measures the federal government is taking to address and end the Coronavirus pandemic.

“The truth is, there are so many within this nation that are disenfranchised from receiving adequate and affordable care due to socio-economic circumstances, said Derrick Johnson, president and CEO, NAACP. 

“This virus will have dire consequences on so many, but specifically African Americans, which suffer from higher rates of chronic illness.”

Marjorie Innocent, Ph.D., senior director of health programs, NAACP stated, “The safety and well-being of our communities is our primary concern, and we will continue to advocate for access to quality, affordable, and timely healthcare and the elimination of race-based discrimination so that the effects of this virus don’t linger long after the outbreak is managed.”