“Living History: Honoring our Past, Uplifting our Future - 
BCHW Celebrates 50 Years”

Dear Members, Friends, Supporters and All:

While the BCHW Board of Directors is working diligently preparing for our 50th Golden Anniversary, we pay homage to our beloved friend and family member, the remarkable Queen of Soul, ARETHA FRANKLIN!  She was truly gifted with a voice filled with love, pain, passion and RESPECT.  What a blessing for us to have witnessed her AMAZING GRACE as she unselfishly SHARED HER LOVE with us.  We salute ARETHA, her songs and melodies as they are intricately woven into the fabric of our history for it was in 1968 when early organizing for the BCHW was held at her father’s church in Detroit, Michigan…. . RIP…..we love you!

It’s hard to believe we are nearly two months away from celebrating 50 years of BCHW memorable history during the American Public Health Association’s annual meeting in San Diego, California, November 10 -14, 2018.  We are in the process of finalizing plans for our scientific sessions, the Hildrus Poindexter’s Award Dinner, networking with students, colleagues, stakeholders and others.  The governing board is hard working and meets every two weeks on Fridays, 10:00 am – 11:00 am.  We need your help!

Here’s where we are and here’s what we need.  Sign on…and…Sign up!

50th Anniversary Planning Committee – any BCHW member is invited to serve on this committee and any of the following: 
a). Archive/History – we are compiling the names of past presidents from 1968 to 2000.  If you have any information, contact us at   Received from Howard University’s Moorland-Spingarn Research Department, archival information on BCHW historical activities for review.   
b). Membership - the BCHW membership roster continues to be updated.  Please update and/or renew your membership, recruit new members and share information. Go to and click ‘Membership Update,’
c). Fund-Raising – donations needed to support students, one-on-one research projects, networking, hospitality room, refreshments, etc. A formal letter for donations is available upon request.  Send letters to friends, alumni, individuals, schools, colleges, sororities, fraternities, institutions, etc.
d). BCHW Bylaws – all members should have a copy of the BCHW Bylaws (amended October, 2012).  Copies can be downloaded from the blogspot.

The Poindexter Awardee Nominations - We are still accepting nominations for the Hildrus A. Poindexter Award.  The deadline is Friday, September 7, 2018.  If you have a candidate you would like to nominate, submit their contact information to the Awards Committee,

Election: Call for nominations -The 2018 election is scheduled during the BCHW Business Meeting on Sunday, November 11, 2018 at 4:00 pm. If you or someone you know are interested in serving on the BCHW Governing Board, nomination applications are forthcoming. Officers to be elected are: Vice-President, Vice-Publicity Secretary, Treasurer, and three at-large positions. Please review the bylaws for the duties and responsibilities of each office.

Since its establishment in 1968, the BCHW strives to fulfill its mission of improving the quality of life for people of the Africa diaspora.  For half a century, the BCHW continues to fight for the elimination of disparities and reducing the gaps in health outcomes through advocacy, knowledge, practice, and research.

We are proud as we come together to celebrate BCHW “50” years history and contributions.  While ethnic, racial and cultural challenges continue to confront this nation, efforts of BCHW are driven to eliminate institutional racism in the health care industry, narrow the widening gap in mortality and morbidity; thus, promoting equity and parity for minority groups.

We are extremely excited about being a part of the 50th Anniversary.  Get involved.  Become a member and/or volunteer.  I encourage you to join us in our quest to write and preserve OUR history.  If we don’t do it, who will?  If we don’t write it, others will.  If they write it, we want know who we are.  We will be invisible, and, soon become extinct.  Without a vision the people will perish.  Count me in!

We need you, the Caucus needs you, and the people we serve need you!

Thank You,

Barbara J. Norman, Ph.D., MPH