ALISSIA M. YOUNG
Alissia Young is a native of Champaign-Urbana, Illinois. At an early age she knew that she wanted to help people, therefore, while in her senior year of high school she took CNA (Certified Nursing Assistant) classes and graduated out of high school as a CNA. Consequently, she graduated with her Master’s Degree in Social Work specializing in Child Welfare from the University of Illinois, currently she works as the Social Worker at Champaign-Urbana Dialysis Clinic and Avantus Home Therapies.
The mission of the NAACP is to ensure equal political, educational, social, and economic rights for all persons and to eliminate race-based discrimination. This mission includes a focus on the right of African Americans and other people of color to have optimal health outcomes and access to timely, quality, affordable health care. African Americans continue to have the highest incidence, prevalence and mortality rates from chronic diseases like cardiovascular disease, diabetes and obesity, and issues like HIV/AIDS continue to overwhelm the Black community more so than any other racial or ethnic group.