Mission, Vision & History
The BEC supports equitable systems that advance justice and affirm the dignity of every human-being by building and strengthening strategic collaborations and networks through advocacy. To achieve this, the BEC utilizes the expertise of social scientists, physicians, health care professionals, epidemiologists, public health practitioners, funders, government officials, business and education leaders, researchers, and community advocates to address inequities that structural racism and oppression have on the health, well-being, growth, and economic stability of the Black community.
The BEC strengthens and supports the Black community and our neighborhoods that are:
- A Model of Collaboration, Partnership, and Innovation
- Uniquely Diverse, Beautiful, Vibrant and Connected
- Reinvesting Culturally, Spiritually, and Economically
- Creating the Best Opportunity for Everyone to Live, Learn, Work, Worship, and Play
- The Huddle Working Group is a cross-sector group of physicians, social scientists, researchers, epidemiologists, civic community leaders, and philanthropists that work to coordinate the working groups of the coalition, build viable connections, and fundraise to meet community needs.
- The Data Working Group brings together experts involved in public health, medicine, nursing, philanthropy, business development, data access, and visualization to acquire, work with, and find meaning in data that applies to the goals and strategic priorities of the BEC.
- The Community Health Working Group focuses on exploring the current testing and vaccination priorities and efficacy and necessary tools to both support and be proactive to the black, brown, and underserved communities, especially regarding community health care centers in combination with wrap-around services.
- The Community Engagement Working Group focuses on providing clear and consistent messaging regarding BEC efforts, goals, and objectives through direct community engagement, coordinated messaging, and capturing community experiences through multi-media platforms.
- The Black Business Working Group focuses on exploring how COVID-19 has impacted Small Black Businesses and what their needs are during this period, including exploring what technical resources are needed to support business responses to PPP, PPE CARES Act, and similar opportunities.
- The Policy Working Group focuses on developing policies and legislation focusing on reducing racial disparities in all aspects of life, as well as methods to implement racism as a public health crisis legislation.
- The Education Working Group works to advise and support school administrators with remote learning, alternatives to in-person learning, and providing connections to community support, to mitigate pandemic challenges to learning especially to students of color.
- The Statewide Coalition Working Group is a coordinated effort across the Commonwealth to share emerging trends and data with a goal of creating a statewide research lab dedicated to analysis and treatment methodologies that curb infection rates, increase salient testing, and foster whole family response practices in Black and Brown communities.
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