AAWP was organized in response to inequities in health care delivery.
Our Initiatives Are:
The African American Wellness Project (AAWP) was established to address the disparities in healthcare between African Americans and the rest of America.
We recognize that race plays a significant role in the health status of African Americans, as they often receive lower quality care compared to other communities. While the healthcare system is slowly changing, we believe that change cannot happen quickly enough, especially with rising costs and increasing health challenges.
We believe that while a healthy lifestyle is important, navigating the healthcare system requires organization.
The project was formed after a conference that involved influential African American thought leaders from San Francisco, Alameda, and Contra Costa Counties.
The goal of the AAWP is to empower the African American community to improve health outcomes and promote wellness.
‘To direct resources (dollars, services, information etc.) towards empowering the African American Community to improve health outcomes and promote wellness”.
Most African Americans have had an experience with the health care system that was clearly attributed to race. It my not have involved you directly but, perhaps your children, or your mother or grandfather. We at the African American Wellness project believe that if you account for every other variable that impact on heath outcomes race is a major determinant of health status of African Americans.
Medical personnel and institutions often without intent do not provide the same level of care to the African American community that is expected from other communities. We believe that the health care system is slowly changing to eliminate the disparities in evaluation and treatment. However, we cannot expect that change to take place fast enough. Given the current health care climate characterized by increasing cost, managed care both providers and consumers are unhappy. Surviving the systems seems more important than changing it.