OUR HISTORY

The Black Health Alliance (BHA) is a registered Canadian charitable organization consisting of community organizations, health and social service professionals, and community members working in partnership to advance the health and well-being of the Black community.

Founded in 2000, the original BHA vision was to create a unified voice to address the serious inequities in health that many in the Black community were experiencing. To achieve that goal BHA would have to be an organization that could foster strong collaboration and partnerships between various community organizations, agencies and community members. But as in any organization, vision alone, without voice, action, and the community, can not lead to success.

Notable BHA Achievements

  • Founded in 2000, the BHA vision was to create a unified voice among the various health organizations and agencies working for or on behalf of the Black community.

  • In 2002 BHA’s submission to the Commission on the Future of Health Care in Canada was one of but a few which not only made recommendations on creating an equitable, feasible and sustainable health care system, but also addressed racial disparities in health care and provided workable solutions.

  • In 2005 BHA completed a significant community –based research project entitled, “How do Scarborough’s Black Youth Access The Health Care System?” This report provided recommendations to health care planners, providers and policy makers to enhance the quality of life of Black youth in marginalized neighbourhoods. This report was selected for presentation at the 2007 Annual Ontario Public Health Association Conference.

  • In 2005 BHA received its non-profit incorporation status.

  • In 2006, BHA was approved funding by the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care to establish a Community Health Centre (CHC) in Malvern – TAIBU (Kiswahili for “be in good health”) CHC.

  • In June 2007 BHA produced its final report on the Community Engagement Project for TAIBU Community Health Centre. This report formed the basis of the centre’s mission, vision, priority populations, services and programs. Today, TAIBU CHC is one of a few publicly funded institutions with a mandate to provide health services and programs for the Black community.

  • BHA develops the Black Health Challenge, a culturally specific physical activity and nutrition education program. 2010 Pilot program funded in part by the Canadian Cancer Society.

  • 2011 BHA collaboration on community based research: Assessing the breadth of research on African Canadian health: A scoping review on diabetes, cardiovascular disease and cancer.

  • In 2012 BHA received its registration as a Canadian Charity.

  • In 2012 BHA and TAIBU Community Health Centre (CHC) receive funding from the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport to partner with Bramalee and Village Keepers to expand implementation of the Black Health Challenge in the GTA.

  • 2013 Poster presentation of the Black Health Challenge Program at the Physical Activity Resource Centre Symposium.

  • 2014 successful grant application for cervical and breast cancer project - in collaboration with professionals from St. Michaels' Hospital; TAIBU CHC; McMaster University Health Sciences Centre and Olive Branch of Hope.

  • September 2014 the Inagural Black Health Alliance Awards. The Awards are an opportunity to honour individuals and organizations that have made a significant impact in advancing the health and well being of the Black community. Awards may be presented in the areas of health education, promotion, research, innovation and best practices, and public health policy.

  • November 2015, A Sound Mind: Mental Health in the Black Community Forum. First of its kind, this forum generated open dialogue on the barriers, personal and systemic, that interfere with addressing mental illness in the Black community.