We support a national network of researchers, we influence cutting-edge research to ensure it meaningfully addresses root causes and determinants of health outcomes, acknowledging context.
As a Black-led and Black-empowering network of experts, the Council on Black Health integrates global perspectives, data and research, and lived experience to create actionable strategies.
Our Initiatives and Impact
Solutions to Diabetes in Black Americans
For diabetes research, the Council is ensuring all studies are meaningfully and appropriately considering and incorporating culture and context.
African American adults are 60 percent more likely than white counterparts to be diagnosed with diabetes by a physician. And once diagnosed, the outcome disparities are quite pronounced. Black Americans, as compared to white Americans with diabetes are:
The root causes of diabetes inequities, informed by social determinants of health can be organized around five themes:
We’ve partnered with Washington University in St. Louis’ Center for Diabetes Translation Research, one of seven NIDDK-funded Centers for Diabetes Translation Research, to form The Solutions to Diabetes in Black Americans (SDBA) Core. We work to ensure health equity and social determinants of health serve as the foundation for conducting transformative diabetes research and translating research into action.
The SDBA Core provides ongoing technical assistance to address gaps in existing research, help investigators plan and analyze diabetes research, and ensure those who work on diabetes research and care are informed of structural racism and oppression and its impact on health outcomes.
If you’re a member of the Council on Black Health with a professional interest in conducting translational research in diabetes, we encourage you to join the SDBA and receive tailored technical assistance to support this work.
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Voices for Healthy Kids
Voices for Healthy Kids works with organizations nationwide on campaigns and projects focused on equitable policies to make every day healthier for every child. The Council is proud to support this effort through our representation on the organization’s Policy Research Advisory Group, a small group of equity-focused research experts that inform the research activities for the organization. Through this collaboration, the Council helps to ensure equity is incorporated throughout Voices’ research approach, design, and methods.
Tuft University’s Catalyzing Communities, a ChildObesity180 initiative, develops deep and meaningful relationships with community partners and helps them mobilize a core group of multisector community leaders to improve the health of their community. Through facilitation and evaluation techniques grounded in systems science, Catalyzing Communities helps their partner communities visualize the complexities of their unique challenges to identify high-impact opportunities for change.
The initiative aims to help communities nationwide prevent childhood obesity with a data-driven and equitable approach. The Council provides thought leadership and technical assistance to Catalyzing Communities to help advance health agendas while promoting equity and focusing on systems-level change. For example, the Council led a workshop on Results-Based Accountability. Participants identified ways to more effectively center community voices and address root causes of health disparities, incorporating fundamental changes in their work.