ABOUT THE AAHN

The Board

President

Eva Vivian

Co-Vice Presidents

Carola Gaines and Dr. Joann Pritchett

Secretary and Webmaster

Brieanna Harris

Treasurer

Carolyn Rumph

 

A Brief History

The network was initially established to provide African American health professionals with a community to engage with, share information, and provide support for each other.  Today the network has four core functions: research, advocacy, leadership, and education.  The network acts as an agent for the African American community in interfacing with the broader community in general and the health community in particular, especially as it relates to African American health problems. The network seeks to decrease the health disparities that ravish the African American community by providing practical, yet powerful information tools that will inspire, equip, and energize African Americans to improve the overall health and wellness of themselves and their families.

Mission

The African American Health Network is a non-profit organization whose mission is to foster networking among African American health professionals and community health advocates and promote health education, healthy lifestyles, self-advocacy, empowerment and well-being among African Americans in Dane County.

Objectives

  • To create a decline in African American infant mortality in Dane County.
  • To empower the African American community in the area of health care.
  • To promote healthy lifestyles in the African American community.
  • To help members of the African American community become advocates of their own health.
  • To act as an agent for the African American community by interfacing with the broader community in general and the health community in particular, especially as it relates to African American health issues.
  • To educate members of the African American community on how to participate in research and the knowledge that research can mean many things.
  • To educate members of the African American community on how you access the health care system.
  • To educate the members of the African American community on how to access health information.
  • To ensure that health information is presented to the African American community in a culturally relevant manner.
  • To institute a speakers' bureau.
  • To collaborate with other community partners to reach the greatest number of people within the African American community.
  • To work with media outlets that cater to the African American community.
  • To take a visible and proactive role in influencing health and safety trends in the African American community.
  • To educate teens about health issues.