We must use bold and innovative strategies to remove barriers, restructure systems, and reimagine the future of Black health. In 2019, the Council on Black Health recognized that to achieve optimal and desired health outcomes and meet all Black people’s and communities’ needs, we must join other national organizations combating structural racism and its impacts on physical and mental health. Using deliberate and sustained actions that set a high bar for closing health equity gaps and achieving positive health outcomes, we are collectively changing culture, policy, and practices at the national, state, and local levels.
The NBO Partnership Roundtable includes the Council on Black Health (CBH), the National Black Child Development Institute (NBCDI), 100 Black Men of America, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), Black Women’s Health Imperative (BWHI), and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. By creating an inclusive process of building power together and centering Black leadership, NBO partners unite the voices of esteemed Black organizations representing more than 2 million people in over 3,000 chapters or affiliates in the United States.
From November 8, 2022, through November 11, 2022, in Washington, D.C., the Council on Black Health met with NBO partners to identify ways to advance Black health through a collective policy agenda. Together, we envisioned a healthier future and imagined ways we can move closer to attaining our collective goal of healthier outcomes for Black people. During our convening, partner leaders identified four primary focus areas for 2023: protecting reproductive freedom, passing the John Lewis Voting Rights Act of 2021 (JLVRA), protecting the Affordable Care Act (ACA), and environmental racism, all of which affect the daily lives of Black people.
“We’re especially grateful for all NBO partners who joined with us this week. Being in the room with leaders who share our vision for a healthier future is invigorating. We look forward to working together to build momentum, advocate for and shape policies, systems and culture to ensure those who set policies that affect Black people's lives will recognize our full humanity.”
– Melicia Whitt-Glover, PhD, Council on Black Health Executive Director
CBH is proud to serve as the convening partner for this collaboration, enabling NBO partners to collectively build power and advance a policy agenda at a critical time. Each organization has a crucial role to play in informing practice, policy, and research that will improve Black health now and for future generations. Throughout 2023, we will accelerate progress on transformative solutions that advance Black health equity.
The NBO partnership roundtable gratefully acknowledges support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (grant ID 76764; 80076) and Program Officer Jacquelynn Orr, DrPH.
September 2023 Convening
September 12-14, 2023