council on black health
The Council on Black Health (the Council, or CBH) is the new identity for the African American Collaborative Obesity Research Network (AACORN), which has been in existence for over 15 years. AACORN has been a premier research organization that develops and distributes information about ways to improve the health of Black Americans, with a focus on health and health equity issues related to food, physical activity, obesity, and body weight, and related health problems.
The Council’s vision is:
Realizing healthy Black communities
The Council’s mission is:
To develop and promote solutions that achieve healthy Black communities
The rebranding of AACORN as the Council on Black Health marks a reframing of the organization to achieve this broader vision and associated mission. As the Council develops, the network of members and associates will expand, with many new colleagues and partners engaging with Council initiatives. CBH will expand AACORN’s infrastructure to support these activities and undertake comprehensive advancement strategies to engage with community partners and donors who will support this broader vision and mission.
Collaboration – Building on AACORN’s legacy, CBH will develop a comprehensive national Black health initiative to assist Black communities in realizing their health potential, working together within our membership and in collaboration with organizations across multiple sectors.
Discovery – Discovery hubs convened by the Council will bring together members and other interested academic and community colleagues to identify ways to apply academic research, including CBH-led research, effectively and develop and disseminate actionable solutions that positively impact Black communities in urban as well as rural settings.
Innovation – The Council will leverage and enhance the skills and expertise of its members to lead innovative approaches in achieving Black health solutions and overcome the social and political challenges encountered.
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Council on Black Health
Drexel University Dornsife School of Public Health 3215 Market Street, 4th Floor
Philadelphia PA 19104


The Council is hosted within the Drexel University Dornsife School of Public Health in Philadelphia, PA, an institution with an outstanding commitment to community engagement, health equity and social justice.