In the United States, people of color and low-income Americans are more likely to be uninsured, face barriers to accessing care and have higher rates of chronic conditions (i.e. cancer, asthma, and HIV) than whites and those with higher incomes.

Through our signature health and quality of life program, Project Wellness, The National Urban League is committed to delivering sustainable programs that provide underserved communities with greater access to healthcare and advocate for the elimination of health disparities.

Our Approach

Through the work of the community health workers across the Urban League Affiliate Movement, people of color in cities across the nation are increasing their health literacy, actively participating in their own wellness and encouraging their family and friends to be similarly involved.

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2025 Empowerment Goal:

Every American has to quality and affordable health care solutions

Our Impact

Over the years, our work has prevented illnesses, increased the quality of life of those living with chronic diseases, diversified the health industry and reduced the number of uninsured Americans.
 

HEALTHCARE DIVERSITY

We partnered with the American Hospital Association to increase the diversity of hospital governance boards in addition to enhancing resources for hospitals to effectively integrate Community Health Workers into their care teams.

INCREASING ACCESS

As a Champion for Coverage organization, we have served as a federally funded Navigator and continue to work as a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation partner focused on engaging communities of color in the Affordable Care Act (ACA) through education and enrollment. Since 2017, 38 Urban League affiliates have led outreach efforts to promote ACA awareness and to combat ACA misinformation.

FIGHTING HIV/AIDS

The National Urban League is a member of Partnering And Communicating Together (PACT), a Center for Disease Control (CDC) funded HIV/AIDS multimedia, awareness, dissemination, and activities grant designed to reach hard-hit, and often hard-to-reach communities, with HIV and AIDS messaging, campaigns and materials, while also offering testing, treatment, and care.

Our work has addressed HIV-related stigmas, addressed misinformation and encouraged open conversations around HIV prevention with LGBTQ men and women.

  • Through a partnership with the Morehouse School of Medicine and adapted from the CDC’s Power to Prevent curriculum, Project Wellness curricula, services, and supports cover the most prevalent and chronic health issues and diseases found among African Americans such as, heart disease, diabetes, obesity, HIV, and youth violence.
  • The National Urban League is working with national partners to refine and distribute digital smoking cessation and opioid awareness education content, toolkits, and strategies. Our intent is to help our communities learn about the addictive properties of tobacco and opioids, address prevention, and share risk factors associated with misuse and early identification of misuse and abuse.
  • KNOW Hunger Campaign Initiative
  • Project Wellness: Be the Better You Teen Wellness Curriculum
  • Million Hearts Initiative
  • Mental Health & Emotional Well-Being
  • Wellness & Youth Development
  • Social Determinants of Health
  • Health Equity
  • HIV & AIDS Awareness, Prevention, and Support
  • Diabetes Prevention & Support
  • Health Advocacy & Policy Development
  • Community & Family Engagement
  • Tobacco Use Prevention & Smoking Cessation
  • Community Health Worker Training, Deployment, and Professional Development
  • Trauma Informed Care
  • Preventing & Reducing Opioid Abuse
  • Gender Based & Culturally Relevant Program Models and Strategies
  • Integrated Program Approaches—Workforce Development, Housing Counseling, Community Development, and Education