The Black Men's Health Initiative was chartered as a non-profit corporation in South Carolina in March 2005 as a vehicle to educate African American and men of the African Diaspora about the risks and complications of chronic disease. The Black Men's Health Initiative (BMHI) is focused on community competent prevention education and innovative interventions that will have direct results in lowering risk and improving the health status of Black men. The BMHI will couple lightheartedness and humor with a direct and frank approach to engaging Black men around health.
With a national directive to "identify and eliminate health disparities" as part of the Healthy People 2000 and new 2010 goals, there has not been any focused effort on improving the health of Black men in a comprehensive way.
In July 2007, BMHI relocated to Durham, NC to begin work in North Carolina and establish a national headquarter office to begin the expansion of its innovative health programs to ten (10) states in the Southeastern region of the United States (MD, VA, NC, SC, GA, FL, AL, MS, LA, TX). BMHI will partner with public officials, community and faith-based entities, corporations, foundations, medical institutions, health care providers, community stakeholders and individuals in its effort to decrease the risk for disease and death amongst Black men in the United States.
William S. Robinson, MA