What We Do

Our Expertise

Our Vision

Realizing Healthy Black Communities

Our Mission

To develop and promote solutions that achieve healthy Black Communities

At the heart of change is the recognition that the status quo is creating deleterious effects that spurs a passionate response to realize a new outcome. 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 are credible and informative about Black health. The Council of Black Health members are the leading experts in researching and
developing solutions to combat determinants of suboptimal health outcomes in Black communities.

Many of our members are tenured professors at some of the nation’s leading research institutions, while other members are leading advocates for social justice in their communities, and some members are both. The work of these members serves as the foundation on which the Council of Black Health makes change in Black communities. The mission of the Council of Black Health’s, previously known as the African American Collaborative Obesity Research Network (AACORN), has been sustained and supported by the philanthropic community because of the members’ insight and determination to arrest alarming health trends in the Black community.

Our Expertise

Actionable Research

CBH makes a lasting and sustainable impact on health outcomes in the Black community by conducting, identifying, and disseminating research that is relevant to black health.

Black Health Outcomes

By collaborating with Black and other organizations, CBH increases its ability to influence policymakers and key decision-makers as well as inform the general public about overcoming health disparities in the Black community.

Leadership Development

CBH provides members with leadership and career development experiences that enhances their impact on Black communities and ensure CBH’s ability to fulfill its mission.


The Expanded Obesity Research Paradigm is based on the premise that the behaviors that determine weight status are embedded in the core social and cultural processes and environments of day-to-day life. Therefore, identifying effective solutions to obesity requires an ecological model that is inclusive of relevant contextual variables, which include variables influenced by race/ethnicity and social position.