NASTAD's #BlackLivesMatter Credo is a public commitment to Black lives and to meaningfully addressing the social determinants of health and reducing health inequities and stigma.
Racism has imprinted a legacy of systemic injustices against Black people in the United States. The pervasive undercurrent of White privilege and supremacy exists in the form of obstructed economic, political, and social power for Black people in America. Discriminatory public and political infrastructure, including population health systems, prevents equitable health outcomes.
NASTAD believes that to impact the HIV and hepatitis epidemics, health departments must reframe public health approaches to include social justice action.
NASTAD commits to combatting health inequities in Black communities by mobilizing governmental HIV and hepatitis public health programs to engage in concerted social justice initiatives. As the voice of state and territorial HIV and hepatitis programs, NASTAD will develop multi-sectoral partnerships that support meaningful community engagement and address social policies that negatively aﬀect the lives of Black people.
Actualizing the collective visions of NASTAD, the National HIV/AIDS Strategy, and the Viral Hepatitis Action Plan requires an intentional understanding and focus on the needs of Black communities.