The PAN Foundation celebrates Black History Month

With an origin in Dr. Carter G. Woodson’s “Negro History Week,” celebrated during the second week of February, Black History Month has been formally recognized as a national observance since 1976.  

This month is a dedicated time to uplift the current work of Black Americans and reflect on the storied history of the Black and African American community in the U.S. 

This year in recognition of Black History Month and our continued commitment to health equity, we’re highlighting key health organizations that serve the Black and African American communities.

Black Emotional and Mental Health Collective (BEAM)

BEAM is a national institution that aims to remove barriers Black people face in accessing or staying connected with mental and emotional health care. They are dedicated to “the healing, wellness, and liberation of Black and marginalized communities.”

Black Mental Health Alliance

The Black Mental Health Alliance (BMHA) is an organization that develops, promotes, and sponsors educational events and services that support the well-being of Black people and their communities. They support clinicians, community organizations, families, and individuals with their work.

Black Women’s Health Imperative 

The Black Women’s Health Imperative is the oldest national organization dedicated to improving the health and wellness of Black women and girls in the U.S. through national programs in health policy, education, and research. 

National Black Leadership Commission on Health, Inc. (Black Health) 

Black Health is a leading organization focused on addressing multiple health disparities affecting Black and African Americans through advocacy, policy, and action-focused initiatives.  

National Caucus and Center on Black Aging, Inc. 

The National Caucus & Center on Black Aging, Inc. (NCBA) is the only national organization dedicated to minority and low-income aging. NCBA helps protect and improve the quality of life for elderly populations through advocacy and empowering senior services.  

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services – Office of Minority Health: Black/African Americans 

The Office of Minority Health works to improve the health of racial and ethnic minority populations through the development of health policies and programs designed to help eliminate health disparities.