Welcome to the Black Equity Coalition
The Black Equity Coalition (BEC) supports the creation of equitable systems to affirm the dignity of every human being through collaborations, networks, and policymaking.
The Black COVID-19 Equity Coalition is comprised of a group of physicians, researchers, epidemiologists, public health and health care practitioners, social scientists, community funders, and government officials concerned about addressing COVID-19 in vulnerable populations.
Originally focused on responding to COVID-19, the Coalition quickly realized that the pandemic’s disproportionate impact on the health, well-being, and economic stability of people of color highlighted the need to address institutional racism and structural impediments that continue to plague Black, undervalued and underserved communities. Thus, the Black COVID-19 Equity Coalition committed to working on matters of racial equity beyond the pandemic’s eventual end and became the Black Equity Coalition.
Black Equity Coalition - Moving from Crisis Response to Proactivity
We seek to establish a co-leadership coordinated collaborative strategic partnership model, using clustered social determinants of health as identifiers to target needed wrap-around services through local nonprofit organizations.
We also plan to optimize the Federally Qualified Health Center’s (FQHC’s) community-oriented preventive and primary health care services for medically underserved and to address the Structural, Political, and Social Determinants of Health for the under-resourced, ethnic minorities, undocumented persons, and other vulnerable populations. Below is a graphic display of our organizational makeup. Email us at to get involved!
In the Community
In April 2020, our leadership huddle members worked in partnership with 1Hood Media and Black Women, Wise Women LLC, to create a weekly syndicated interview series to educate our communities on how the COVID-19 pandemic has disproportionately affected Black and Brown communities in Allegheny County. Tune in Tuesdays at 2 PM on Facebook Live for the next live interview.
What the Data Says
The Black Equity Coalition Data Group provides real-time COVID-19 updates. Click the chart above to see the most up-to-date information for Allegheny County. Information can be found on covid.createlab.org
Our Projected Results
Create and sustain a culture that values self-sufficiency
Build capacity for internal monitoring for continuous improvement
Employ external evaluation for mission effectiveness
Co-create emerging responses that produce systemic change within the hubs.
Share learnings to promote systems change through rapid prototyping.
The Black Equity Coalition is a network of government officials, scientists, academics, and community organizations who prioritize the health of black and brown residents. Click the logos below to learn more about our leadership organizations.