The Colorado Council of Black Nurses, Inc. (CCBN) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization and, as the Eastern Colorado Council Black Nurses, Inc. (ECCBN), is a chartered member of the National Black Nurse Association, Inc. (NBNA), sharing common concerns for improving the health status of all people, particularly African American and other underrepresented and underserved consumers.
The mission of the Colorado Council Black Nurses, Inc. is to improve the health status of all people by promoting culturally competent and equitable health care while increasing college matriculation and successful graduation rates among underrepresented students in post secondary education; thereby empowering underserved communities to not only be participants but active contributors to an equitable health care system in both national and global arenas.
The Colorado Council of Black Nurses, Inc. (CCBN) was founded in May 1973, by a small group of Black nurses who were concerned with the low quality of healthcare provided to ethnic populations within the United States of America. The charter members set out and adopted their mission to facilitate better patient care in the Black as well as other ethnic communities. With a focus was on health education and patient care needs, our founders accomplished CCBN's objectives by developing action-oriented strategies. Primary strategies included collaboration with community organizations that shared in ECCBN's vision to improve better access and care for all regardless of race or socio-economic status, and to recruit more ethnically diverse nurses into the healthcare industry. Mentoring and providing scholarships to potential nurses enhanced CCBN's mission of promoting culturally competent care.
Since its inception, CCBN has been involved in many community health promotion activities and educational programs including but not limited to providing health screenings and/or workshops on diabetes, cardiac diseases and disorders, sex and HIV/AIDS awareness, as well as on healthcare disparities that affect underrepresented ethnic populations.
In 2010, CCBN became a chartered member of the National Black Nurses Association Incorporated (NBNA) and with that affiliation, CCBN attained national recognition and influence as the Eastern Colorado Council of Black Nurses Incorporated (ECCBN). As ECCBN, this collaboration gives CCBN a heightened voice and enhanced influence over legislation and policy changes that affect underrepresented consumers as well as healthcare providers within the healthcare industry.
Comprised of community leaders, healthcare professionals, and other citizens who are committed to addressing healthcare disparities within the community, the Board of Directors donate their time, talent and expertise to help provide oversight in the fulfillment of CCBN's mission and completion of goals.
President: Margie Cook PhD
Vice President: Robin Bruce
Treasurer: Dorothy Reid
Secretary: Rose Jean-Gilles
Parliamentarian: Chris Bryant PhD
Historian: Margie Cook PhD
Chaplain: Emma Jackson
Immediate Past President: Elerie Archer
Community Outreach: LaNita Todd – Chair
Education: Lynn Hoskins – Chair
Fundraising: LaNita Todd – Chair
Golf Tournament: Lee Thomas – Chair
Membership: Chris Bryant – Chair
Professional Development- Lynn Hoskins – Chair
Scholarship-Robin Bruce – Chair
Social Action and Legislation: Margie Cook – Chair