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 an integral part of 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. CCBN was influential in bringing much needed services to underrepresented communities including but not limited to providing free mobile mammograms and prostate screenings, in addition to the formation of community-based organizations such as the Center for African American Health. In 1984, after a little over a decade of dedicated volunteer health promotion services to underserved and underrepresented communities, the Colorado Council Black Nurses Inc. was granted 501(c)3 nonprofit status.
Furthering our reach in 2010, CCBN secured a chartered membership in 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 at the national level.
CCBN's influence reaches far past the continental United States of America, and our commitment to improvement for ALL people drives our global outreach. CCBN's scholarships are specifically inclusive of African students studying within the United States and CCBN's Scholarship Program is expanding to address the needs of African students. In addition, individual CCBN members have been instrumental in bringing education services to the continent of Africa through parish nursing initiatives in Zimbabwe, starting nursing schools in several African countries including Cameroon, and supporting health clinics in countries including Sierra Leone.
Although the Colorado Council Black Nurses Inc.'s concern has expanded both nationally and globally, our primary focus remains on addressing the health disparity in Colorado communities. Our sponsorships of organizations such as the Colorado Black Health Initiative (CBHC) and programs such as the CCBN Health Equity Accord allows us to share our knowledge, resources, and advancements across cultural divides and throughout the state of Colorado. Championing health equity and cultural competency at home in Colorado is what provides the fuel that exacts change in national and global health.
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: Robin Bruce FN, BSN, RN
Vice President: Lynn Hoskins BSN, RN
Treasurer: Dorothy Reid BSN, RN
Secretary: Dale Colfack MSN, BSN, RN
Financial Secretary: Danyelle Gilbert AS, CNA, SN
Recording Secretary: Naomi Alvaro AS, CNA, NS
Parliamentarian: Chris Bryant DNP, MSN-PH, BSN, RN
Historian: Margie Cook PhD, MpH, FNP, BSN, RN
Chaplain: Emma Jackson FCN, SNP, MA, MS, BSN, RN
Immediate Past President: Margie Cook PhD, MpH, FNP, BSN, RN
Membership - Point of Contact: Chris Bryant DNP, MSN-PH, BSN, 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, QMAP, NS