Current Projects and Partnerships
The Council on Black Health, in partnership with Washington University in St. Louis – Center for Diabetes Translation Research, provides technical assistance to address gaps in planning and analyzing diabetes translation research regarding the inclusion of Black Americans through the Solutions to Diabetes in Black Americans (SDBA) core. This technical assistance allows researchers to be aware of historical oppression and structural racism impacts, and to create studies that are culturally and contextually sensitive.
The Council of Black Health strives to create a new outcome by developing solutions to health disparities and enhancing health equity with Black communities. These solutions are derived from extensive research conducted by our members or by others and identified by our members as credible and informative about Black health. Council on Black Health members include leading experts in researching and developing solutions to combat determinants of suboptimal health outcomes in Black communities.
Eligible members of the Council on Black Health who have a professional interest in conducting translational research in diabetes can join the SDBA and receive tailored technical assistance to support their work. To join the SDBA visit https://cdtr.wustl.edu/about-us/become-a-member/.
The goal of this project is to supply typically overlooked populations with accurate health information from trusted sources that is carefully tailored to feel relevant and relatable. This Pfizer Foundation — Social Determinants of Health Grant project has three specific focus areas – to improve health literacy, to provide health education, and to promote behaviors that prevent disease or reverses its impact in the Black community. The Council on Black Health is targeting the efforts of this project to specific subgroups. Local health leaders from the Council on Black Health Chapter Site cities have identified a number of populations within the Black community in which to focus.
This project is working to accelerate the impact of research and action on Black health through synergy among organizations that have deep roots in Black communities. This project articulates and widely disseminate a new, positive vision of Black health and well-being that counteracts the current, deficit-based narrative. This project also develops and implements actionable, evidence-informed initiatives to address high-priority issue areas. The first initiative focuses on improving the quality of early childhood education for Black children.