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 increase the number of Black/African American professional nurses throughout the healthcare continuum, and to increase college matriculation and successful graduation rates among underrepresented students in post secondary education to empower under-served 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 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 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 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.
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):
Shane Hoon, Chairman
President: Margie Cook RN, PhD
Vice President: Robin Bruce RN, BSN
Treasurer: Dorothy Reid RN, BSN
Secretary: Rose Jean-Gilles GN
Parliamentarian: Chris Bryant RN, DNP
Historian: Margie Cook RN, PhD
Chaplain: Emma Jackson RN, BSN
Immediate Past President: Elerie Archer RN, BSN
Membership - Point of Contact: Chris Bryant RN, DNP
Professional Development - Point of Contact: Lynn Hoskins RN, BSN
Scholarships - Point of Contact: Robin Bruce RN, BSN, FN
Colorado Opportunity Scholarship Initiative Grant (COSI) - Point of Contact: Robin Bruce RN, BSN, FN
Fundraising - Point of Contact: Robin Bruce RN, BSN, FN
Community and Global Outreach
Community Outreach - Point of Contact: Emma Jackson RN, BSN, PN
Social Action and Legislation - Point of Contact: Margie Cook RN, PhD
Publicity and Social Media - Point of Contact: Janaye Culton CMA, CNA, SN