Public Policy, Health Promotions, Research and Evaluation
and Behavioral Health and Addiction
Public Policy addresses public policy that has impacted African-American communities in order to remediate the effects of racism on health outcomes by advocating for policies to promote programming designed to achieve health parity.
Behavioral Health and Addiction increase awareness of the negative effects of trauma, addiction and domestic abuse by promoting behavioral change through training, programming, and education.
Research and Evaluation bring awareness to the effects of racism on the health outcomes of African American people through the development and implementation of research programs and initiatives. Evaluation of programming that addresses research findings that negatively affect African American communities.
Health Promotions to promote a lifestyle that will empower individuals to make choices that will increase positive health outcomes to reduce the effects of health disparities.
NEOBHC COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT
Behavioral Health and Addiction
Increase awareness of the negative effects of trauma, addiction and domestic abuse by promoting behavioral change through training, programming, and education.
5th Annual A Talk with my Daughters: Spiritual Healing for African American Women
Saturday February 13, 2021
Join the NEOBHC as we honor the birth of the mother of civil rights Rosa Parks. Village Elders will guide us as we reflect on our past, challenge our present and take control of our future. African American Women will discuss how we can channel our ancestors in order to heal ourselves, our loved ones and our spirit relations to help build a better Northeast Ohio.
5th Annual A Talk with my Brothers: Spiritual Healing for African American Men
Saturday February 13, 2021
Join the NEOBHC as we honor the birth of Frederick Douglas. Village Elders will guide us as we reflect on our past, challenge our present and take control of our future. African American men will discuss how we can channel our ancestors in order to heal ourselves, our loved ones and our spirit relations to help build a better Northeast Ohio.
2nd Annual Love Letter 2 U
Wednesday February 10, 2021
Love Letter 2 U is a domestic violence awareness program. This healing session focuses on empowerment through the gift of a letter. Participants use powerful words to send a powerful message to themselves. Letters along with a Valentine’s Day Card are sent to participants.
12th Annual Virtual Women Experiencing Love Life & Laughter - A HAT Affair
Saturday May 15, 2021
Love Life & Laughter - A HAT Affair is a faith based mental health program for women. This program addresses mental health concerns in African American women and the hesitation in seeking treatment because it is viewed as a personal weakness, not a health problem.
To provide a forum where the treatment and help for mental health issues is promoted in a culturally sensitive environment.
To foster a spirit of healing from past hurt and pain.
To provide a space where women are embraced in a sisterhood.
6th Annual Aches, Pains & Automobiles - Men’s Health Tuneup
Saturday June 12, 2021
Aches, Pains & Automobiles - Men’s Health Tune-up is a program that promotes mental health and wellness in men. The Tune Up features a therapist, health screenings, a healthy lunch and a classic and antique car show.
To educate men on the problems associated with stress.
To empower men with the tools needed to begin to live healthier lifestyles.
To advocate for programs that focus on the social determinants of obesity (etc. stress, mental health, economic, genetic, and environmental
5th Annual No More Tears - When Your Sweetie Ain’t So Sweet
This ain't your mama's domestic violence awareness program. This is a Healing Talk that focuses on Art, Therapy and Life. Three Sisters coming from various angles working together to help repair what has been broken. You may have been abused by a spouse, parent, child, sibling, boss or friend. Let the HEALING begin!
Address public policy that has impacted African-American communities in order to remediate the effects of racism on health outcomes by advocating for policies to promote programming designed to achieve health parity.
African American Policy Committee
The African American Policy Committee (AAPC) of the Northeast Ohio Black Health Coalition is a committee consisting of public, private, and community members working to identify, understand, and collaborate around issues to change and influence policies related to black health. The AAPC was created because racism has been declared a public health crisis in a number of local and state municipalities. In response to the growing frequency of these declarations, the AAPC believes that the only way we can effectively address these structural dilemmas of systemic health disparities is through changes to policies that are fundamentally racist in origin, intent, and application.
The AAPC meets the first Monday of every month from 2-3pm.
In January, 2015 the Northeast Ohio Black Health Coalition hosted the Local Conversation on the Department of Justice to focus on the systemic issues in the Cleveland Police Department. Our report was used to craft the consent decree for the City of Cleveland. The Community Corrective Action Report provides principles for engagement, support, and implementation of practices that reflect the ideological underpinnings of equitable treatment under the law. This document is the first of its kind to provide an actionable plan that captures the insight and experiences of those who are disproportionately affected by law enforcement practices. Recent grassroots responses across the United States indicate the need for solutions that link community vision with fair practices. The Community Corrective Action Report provides these linkages through:
Identification of key factors that create, maintain and naturalize problematic practices in law enforcement
Providing recommendations for addressing these factors
Providing a framework for assessment of progress
The Northeast Ohio Black Health Coalition formed the Cleveland Lead Safe Network (CLSN) in January 2017 to promote legislation that would require owners of rental properties built before 1978 to make their properties lead safe before children are poisoned. About 4 children per day are diagnosed with elevated blood lead levels. In January of 2019, CLSN joined with 10 other community based organizations to form Cleveland Lead Advocates for Safe Housing (CLASH) as an Issue PAC under Ohio law. CLASH began a petition drive to place a lead safe housing initiative on the ballot. We want to change the way the city of Cleveland does business with the citizens of Cleveland.
Accomplishments of CLSN and CLASH
Barely three months old, in 2017, Cleveland Lead Safe Network (CLSN) helped organize citizen groups across the state to defeat an effort to preempt local jurisdictions from enacting legislation around lead safe housing. https://www.cleveland.com/metro/2017/04/budget_amendment_would_strip_cities_of_authority_to_address_lead_poisoning.html
Later in 2017, worked with Councilman Jeff Johnson to introduce Cleveland’s first ever Lead Safe Housing Ordinance and worked for a year to mobilize support for the ordinance.
In 2019, CLASH’s ballot initiative forced passage of the Cleveland Lead Safe Certificate ordinance.by Cleveland City Council. https://www.cleveland.com/metro/2019/07/cleveland-city-council-passes-historic-lead-poisoning-prevention-law.html
The Northeast Ohio Black Health Coalition co-founded a coalition of 14+ grassroots, community-based organizations demanding justice for people impacted by the horrifying conditions in the Cuyahoga County Jail system. Over the past year, much has come to light regarding the horrendous, inhumane conditions in the Cuyahoga County Jail system, including a 52-page report from the US Marshal’s service, who will no longer even house their own detainees there due to the substandard conditions and overt brutality experienced by our most vulnerable residents.
In response to this crisis in Cuyahoga County, the Coalition to Stop the Inhumanity at the Cuyahoga County Jail has been building a powerful, community-based campaign to demand justice and accountability.
The Northeast Ohio Black Health Coalition has been working to change policies that disproportionately impact communities of color by highlighting equity issues and working to dismantle the systems that created these environments in the first place. We are currently working on a menthol free community campaign, highlighting the impact of lead poisoning, the elimination of sugary soda from the SNAP program and antiracism efforts in hospital systems.
7th Annual State of Disparities in the African American Community Virtual Conference Series
August - November
Goal: To examine how political and social policies have impacted health disparities in the African American community. The conference will examine the state of chronic disease disparities by exploring the impact on the community through historical documentation, breakout sessions and personal testimonies.
Past: Examining policies that impacted the present state of disparities in the African American
Present: Discussion on the impact of chronic disease disparities on the pursuit of health parity.
Future: What must be done to help shape policies that impact health disparities in the African
American community? *Equipping attendees with the knowledge to create and advocate for
relevant policies at the national, state and local levels.
To promote a lifestyle that will empower individuals to make choices that will increase positive health outcomes to reduce the effects of health disparities.
9th Annual Virtual African American Women’s Wellness Walk - Walk 4 R Sista’s
Saturday September 19, 2021
The African American Women’s Wellness Walk - Walk 4 R Sista’s focuses on the impact of disease, disability and death on African American women and methods to address the leading risk factors. The walk targets African American women because they are mainly responsible for all medical decisions that impact the members of their household. The walk will feature medical screening and community resources.
To educate women on the problems associated with obesity.
To empower women with the tools that they need to begin to live healthier lifestyles.
To advocate for programs that focus on the social determinants of obesity (etc. stress, mental health, economic, genetic, and environmental)
Virtual Urban Community CPR
The Northeast Ohio Black Health Coalition provides CPR classes in low income communities. Researchers found a "direct relationship" between household income and racial composition of the neighborhood, where the odds of having a bystander perform CPR were 50% lower in low-income black neighborhoods than high-income non-black neighborhoods.
The Northeast Ohio Black Health Coalition in partnership with Black Nurses Rock, National
Council of Negro Women, Hope Community Services of Youngstown and the Warren City Health Department provides youth training on hands-only CPR.
To educate and train the community on CPR.
To empower the community with the tools needed to assist in case of emergency
To advocate for continuous training on various issues in the community
COVID-19 RESPONSE PROJECTS
Babies and Brunch Project/Meals 4 Mommas/Delivering Hope
March, 2021-December, 2021
Goal: To purchase healthy fresh and shelf-stable foods to provide a month worth of groceries for families isolated due to disability, economic hardship, domestic violence and pandemic restrictions.
How: Programming includes systemic change through coalition-building and advocacy; education/awareness campaigns; reducing social isolation; and food/PPE distribution during the pandemic crisis. NEOBHC stepped-up to fill a gap in food access when Ohio’s schools were closed in March 2020 due to the COVID pandemic. Hearing from families who could not get to food distribution sites within Cleveland Municipal School District and neighboring communities, NEOBHC in real-time created the Babies & Brunch program to deliver 5 days a week of breakfasts and lunches to families isolated due to disability, whose children would go hungry without their daily meals at school. This gap-stop has sustained due to the commitment of volunteers, donors, and community partnership. The program has now expanded to include isolated and underserved Black and Brown pregnant women, who are at higher risk for pregnancy complications and infant mortality. NEOBHC has expanded food access to families who could not access school-based *and* food bank distributions (the food bank does not deliver to non-elderly).
This volunteer led food delivery effort has provided 70,000 meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks) to families that are most in need since March. The families receive a monthly supply of provisions including face-masks, soap, tissue and hand sanitizer. The provision includes a menu for each day that provides the supplements children need for proper brain growth and development.
Research and Evaluation
Bring awareness to the effects of racism on the health outcomes of African American people through the development and implementation of research programs and initiatives. Evaluation of programming that addresses research findings that negatively affect African American communities.
Effectively Engaging the African American Community the Art of Community Engagement
Mental Health First Aid
First Aid Certification Course
To raise money to support the Northeast Ohio Black Health Coalition we will continue to apply for grants, seek donations through Benevity, Facebook, Venmo, Givify, PayPal, Cash App, Go Fund Me and through membership dues including sustaining members.
The following are the texts from Babies and Brunch participants after receiving their bags
Thanks so much for this food.. What a blessing! I am very greatful for what you guys have done for my children during this school shutdown days! I pray that each of you will be blessed so much your cups can't be big enough to hold! God's love to you all!
I want you to know that y'all have really helped me and my kids. I don't have a car and I lost my job recently. My kids are so happy when you guys come.
Thank you so much, I don't know what I've would of had did without your help. You have blessed my kids in a way that god showed me you are a real angel. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.
Amen. Praying you will continue to be blessed!
Yes y'all showed out thank you so much
Thank u so much we are truly blessed
Good afternoon, my name is ---- and my daughter --- signed up for your program. My heart have been heavy due to the fact my dad passed and trying to make arrangements. But today I am not experiencing a not so heavy heart because when I came home I saw the generosity of your organization. I know there is a God because He proved to me that there are people like yourself that truly care no matter who that person is you are helping. No, you don't know my story, but I can let you know that you brought tears to my eyes today. I am forever grateful for what you do to those in need. If I can be of any assistance in volunteering or prayers I'm here. Again thank you from the bottom of my heart.
Thank you if it wasn't for you , and your team I wouldn't b able to feed my four kids right now.
I'm Eternally grateful for all of you quys!!!!!!!! Thank you a billion times plus more