Blog Entry Health & Healing, Capacity Building, Education

CBMA Receives $500K to Grow Its Health & Healing Strategies Work

by ​Dr. Phyllis Hubbard

The Campaign for Black Male Achievement is thrilled to share that The California Endowment has awarded a two-year $500K grant to keep building our Health & Healing Strategies vision! 

CBMA’s initial year of work revealed an increased demand and awareness of the need for BMA Health & Healing Strategies in schools, organizations and communities. Our strategies seek to close the health equity gap in communities by promoting healthy behaviors and strengthening the health and wellness of BMA leaders and caregivers who in turn create healthier environments for the young people they serve. This positive trickle down effect can be witnessed almost immediately

With this additional funding, we can continue to inspire health & healing for Black men and boys through innovations and collective genius.

As part of HHS, CBMA enlisted network partners to implement health and healing strategies to advance Black Male Achievement outcomes for parents, school personnel and community leaders. They include Strategic Destiny LLC, which will empower caregivers with trauma-related response strategies to influence the decisions that affect them; The National CARES Mentoring Movement to leverage partnerships to recruit, train and facilitate mentor wellness circles to develop youth leadership; Flourish Agenda to implement culturally-responsive professional development for school personnel to improve classroom management and reduce stress; and 393 Films, which will produce and disseminate strategic communications to increase healthy and healing lifestyles. 

Our partnerships enable CBMA to facilitate a school and community-based Healthy and Healing Lifestyle strategy that will benefit students, parents and school personnel. HHS will expand upon these partnerships with community leaders and school districts in Oakland and Sacramento to provide capacity-building, strategic communications and communities of practice. We will also be hosting local convenings in Oakland and Sacramento to enhance the effectiveness of collaborative efforts, and to grow and sustain supportive working relationships.

CBMA thanks all of you for your continued support, and ask you to join us in celebrating by taking a few minutes to check out our Health & Healing theme song "Journey to Radiance". Stay tuned for the official release of our theme song, new podcast and webinar coming soon!

Dr. Phyllis Hubbard is Director of CBMA’s Health & Healing Strategies initiative, and founder of Radiant Health Strategies, LLC. Follow Dr. Hubbard on Twitter @GetRadiant.

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