Who We Are

The Colorado Council of Black Nurses, Inc. (CCBN) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit, philanthropic 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.



Culturally competent and equitable healthcare locally, nationally, and globally.



The mission of the Colorado Council Black Nurses, Inc. is to improve the health status of all people through empowering under-served communities to be equal contributors in the determination of healthcare standards by increasing the number of Black/African American professional nurses throughout the healthcare continuum, and by increasing college matriculation and successful graduation rates among underrepresented students in postsecondary education, thereby empowering under-served communities to not only be participants but active contributors to an equitable health care system in local, 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 and particularly in Colorado. The ingenuity of both our founding and charter members in fulfilling their mission to facilitate better patient care in the Black as well as other ethnic communities through social action, advocacy, and collaborative practices was ahead of its time.

With a focus on health education and patient care needs, our founders accomplished CCBN's objectives by developing action-oriented strategies that included collaboration with community organizations that shared in CCBN's vision to improve better access and care for all regardless of race or socioeconomic 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 free 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, attained national recognition and influence as the Eastern Colorado Council of Black Nurses Incorporated (ECCBN). This collaboration gives CCBN a heightened voice and enhanced influence over legislation and policy changes that affect underrepresented consumers as well as underrepresented healthcare providers within the healthcare industry on a national level.


CCBN Advisory Board

Comprised of community leaders, healthcare professionals, and other citizens who are committed to addressing healthcare disparities within the community, CCBN's Advisory Board donate their time, talent and expertise to provide guidance in the fulfillment of CCBN's mission and completion of goals. They are as follows (in alphabetical order):

Maisha Fields

Shane Hoon, Chairman

Zach Lynkiewicz

Chris Lyttle

Lisa Neal-Graves



President: Margie Cook PhD, MpH, FNP, BSN, RN

Vice President: Robin Bruce FN, BSN, RN

Treasurer: Dorothy Reid BSN, RN

Secretary: Rose Jean-Gilles GN

Parliamentarian: Chris Bryant DNP, RN

Historian: Margie Cook PhD, MpH, FNP, BSN, RN

Chaplain: Emma Jackson FCN, SNP, MA, MS, BSN, RN

Immediate Past President: Elerie Archer BSN, RN


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Profession Advancement

    Membership - Point of Contact: Chris Bryant  DNP, RN

    Professional Development - Point of Contact: Lynn Hoskins BSN, RN


    Scholarships - Point of Contact: Kelci Boyard BSN, BS, RN

    Colorado Opportunity Scholarship Initiative Grant (COSI) - Point  of Contact: Robin Bruce FN, BSN, RN

    Fundraising - Point of Contact: Robin Bruce FN, BSN, RN

Community and Global Outreach

    Community Outreach - Point of Contact: Emma Jackson FCN, SNP, MA, MS, BSN, RN

    Social Action and Legislation - Point of Contact: Margie Cook PhD, MpH, FNP, BSN, RN

    Publicity and Social Media - Point of Contact: Janaye Culton CNA, MA, NS


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