About Us

Founded in 1968, BCHW is celebrating its 49th anniversary this year!
OUR MISSION

The mission of the Black Caucus of Health Workers is to strive for the elimination of disparities and the reduction of gaps in health and health outcomes by improving the quality of life of people of African descent through advocacy, knowledge, practice and research.
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THE BLACK CAUCUS OF HEALTH WORKERS’
GOALS, PURPOSES, and HISTORY


GOALS

To monitor and evaluate health data and policy issues at the federal, state, and local levels.

To conduct research and implement direct service programs that seek to better understand and improve the African-American community’s health status.

 To establish and maintain ongoing working relations with the American Public Health Association, its sections, and other affiliated groups.

To work to eliminate institutional racism in the health care industry and maintain the quality of life for minority groups.

To disseminate employment opportunities and to engage in professional development activities that enhances BCHW’s members’ skills and abilities.

To increase the number of African-American students who successfully complete academic study in public health programs.


To increase the number of African American health care professionals through targeted recruitment, professional development and mentoring programs


To provide a forum in which African American health care workers can exchange views, develop strategies, and implement programs.



PURPOSE 

Access the purpose of the Black Caucus of Health Workers here: Purpose

HISTORY OF THE BCHW 

The Black Caucus of Health Workers (BCHW) is an independent organization, officially affiliated with the American Public Health Association (APHA). BCHW was organized to serve as a catalyst for influencing the recognition of the health care needs of Black people in America by APHA and other health related organizations.

BCHW was organized by a small group of Black health workers concerned with the plight of the Blacks within the APHA organization at the 1968 APHA annual convention in Detroit.  It was agreed that the Black voice would not be heard without a strong organization to support its’ position.  Over the last forty-three years, the BCHW has developed into the forceful voice it is today.

BCHW represents professionals and non-professionals working in the various health fields.  To properly function, committees were established similar to the structure of the APHA, such as, Policy, By-Laws, Programs, Resolutions, etc.  These committees stimulate the BCHW to direct its attention, on an ongoing basis, to the needs, concerns and experiences of the Black health professional and other minorities in America.

A steering committee composed of the officers and the chairpersons of the various committees and the chairpersons of the regions serve as the governing arm of the BCHW.

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OUR LEADERSHIP

Apryl Brown, MD, MPH
President

Barbara Norman, PHD, MPH
President-Elect

Dana Reed Wise, MPH, REHS
Vice-President

Amarachi Agada, MPH
Corresponding Secretary

Knesha Rose, MPH
Publicity Secretary

Thometta Cozart, MS, MPH
Vice-Publicity Secretary

Selena Smith, MPA
Treasurer  

Albert Pless, MS
Immediate Past President


BOARD MEMBERS

Jill Dingle, MPH

Bryan Buckley, MPH

Demter Wells, MA, EdD (c)

Tracey Fredricks, MPA

Cynthia Harris, PhD, DABT

Regina Phillips Tabon, Esq., MPH

Annette Johnson, EdD, MPH

Deanna Wathington, MD, MPH