About Us

Our History

Since its inception in 2002, The Council on Black Health (the Council) formerly known as the African American Collaborative Obesity Research, Network (AACORN), has become a premier research organization that develops and distributes information about ways to improve the health profiles of Black Americans. There is a growing number of organizations that have begun to elevate their presence in health-related issues affecting the Black community. Importantly, the Council has the unique distinction of engaging a mix of academic researchers; federal, state, and local government; private foundations; national and local community organizations; national and local thought leaders; and community members in conversation and action to develop, implement, and oversee a national Black health agenda.

Our Vision

Realizing healthy Black communities.

Our Mission

To develop and promote solutions that achieve healthy Black communities.


The Council on Black Health understands and values the importance of structured collaboration around a common goal. For this reason, the Council engages in strategic partnerships with researchers, organizations, community leaders, and community members to participate in substantive, long term joint initiatives, programs, and projects.

Problem Solving

The Council on Black Health intends to advance the nation’s Black health agenda by informing, conducting, and disseminating research on what works to improve health in Black communities. The Council utilizes original research, promising research from other organizations, and practice-based (community) observations to inform best practices and research agenda.


The Council on Black Health believes research and practice should inform, lead, and support policy, system, and environmental changes that impact Black Health


The Council on Black Health aims to establish a legacy of reimagining Black health by engaging in member career development, and by providing growth opportunities for students and early career professionals to prepare the next generation of well-trained thought leaders focused on the Black health agenda.

Teamwork is the Key to Success

Council on Black Health

Black Health Bill of Rights