Despite great progress in public health treatment over the last 20 years, African Americans continue to experience significant tobacco and cancer-related health disparities. In an effort to prevent and further curtail escalating chronic disease in relation to tobacco use and cancer among African Americans, NAATPN, with the support of its strategic partners will continue to administer and sustain a multi-faceted national network to serve as a catalyst for improving health outcomes in African American communities. Through the NAATPN network, NAATPN will provide technical assistance to community-based organizations that work with under served African American communities on proven strategies to effectively advocate for systemic policy and environmental changes. NAATPN’s national network will link and mobilize community-based organizations, state and local public health departments and CDC-funded organizations to address the root causes of tobacco-related cancer health disparities and inequities: 1) in cities with large percentages of African American residents and; 2) as needed based on technical assistance requests from CDC programs and CDC-funded organizations.
NAATPN will use a customer relationship management software platform to manage communication and networking with regional and national partnerships. Real-time information will be gathered for each partner to connect and link them with appropriate federal, state or local agency contacts, assets or resources. NAATPN will strengthen the capability of our network partners to respond to public health priorities that address African American tobacco-related cancer health disparities collaboratively and strategically.