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NBCI Corporate Capability Statement

NBCI has the capability of reaching African American and Latino target populations with health literature and information anywhere in the United States where there are black churches.
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Sickle Cell Literature Church Distribution

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The National Black Church Initiative has provided literature on Sickle Cell Anemia to churches. Continue to view images of this activity

Health Emergency Declaration (HED) Kick-off


The press conference was held March 28, 2010 at the Israel Baptist Church, Baltimore, MD, kicking off a seven year commitment to healthier lifestyles for all African Americans through education, pre-screening, improved diet, physical exercise, and clinical trials

Baltimore represents the first HED health community, one of 35 such communities across the country.

Continue to the HED Kick-off page >>

Initiative Page

The church must work
with health experts to
come up with plans to stop
AIDS in all segments
of the African

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Awareness Page

Our health emergency
Declaration in recognition
of the significance of
Autism Spectrum
Disorders in the African
American Community

NBCI Announces the
Kick-Off of an
Innovative COPD
Education Program

Breaking Health News

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Drug interactions can result in unwanted or dangerous side effects and reduce-or increase-the actions of medicines. The drug interaction checker provides information on prescription drugs, over-the-counter drugs, herbals and supplements.
Health Emergency Declaration (HED)
The National Black Church Initiative is initiating a fifteen part nationwide lecture series that will highlight noted African American clinicians and to further NBCI Clinical Trials Education Awareness and Participation Program (CTEAPP). The lecture series is another important building block of creating an expansive clinical trials initiative to increase minority participation. The goal of NBCI/ CETEAPP is to assure 15 percent or more black participation in clinical trials.

There are three goals of the lecture series:
  1. Highlight the extraordinary clinical talent and knowledge in the African American community--combining science and faith.
  2. Identify expert African American Clinicians who can serve as primary investigators in major clinical trial programs.
  3. Build a list of 500,000 key African American stakeholders who will support the goals and objectives of CTEAPP, HED and NBCI Southern Clinical Strategy.
We hope to galvanize and identify 5,000 key community stakeholders in each city of NBCI Churches who are Clinical Trials Education Awareness Participation Program. We plan to turn these individuals into clinical trial advocates. We will provide them with the training, education, and information they need. They will be our frontline advocates when we need to identify potential participants in a particular clinical trial. We plan to provide online training through a new website called This online educational portal for African American church members and their families will allow them to search for clinical trials of their choosing.

The lecture series will cover a variety of diseases that currently have a major impact on African American mortality rates. It will also deal with whose disease states that affect the quality of life, covering all genders and ages.

We are focused on bringing together experts who will provide critical information that will dramatically affect both health disparities and clinical trial participation. With NBCI's 34,000 member churches, and with the balance of 150,000 African American churches in the country, it should have a significant and sustaining impact.

Here are some disease states we plan to cover: We plan to work with our partner to come up with a more expansive and affinity list of topics, issues and speakers.
  1. Lupus/Black Women's Health
  2. Rare Diseases/Infectious Diseases (HIV)
  3. Diabetes
  4. Eye Care and Blindness
  5. Cancer/Oncology
  6. Heart Disease
  7. Hypertension
  8. Multiple Myeloma/Blood Diseases
  9. Nutrition and Obesity
  10. Autism
  11. Hepatitis C
  12. Mental Heath/Depression
  13. Autoimmune Diseases
  14. Ast
The National Black Church Initiative (NBCI) Clinical Lecture Tour NBCI Clinical Lecture Tour 2019-2020

Recommendations to the Food and Drug Administration

To inform the development of interventions addressing barriers to general clinical trial participation for racial/ethnic minorities, a full understanding of best practices and promising strategies of past clinical trial education and recruitment initiatives is critical. Since little published work on participation barriers for clinical trials among minorities exists, the purpose of this report is to summarize and distill approaches routinely used in clinical trial education and recruitment initiatives of minority or disadvantaged groups in other disease areas.

NBCI Southern Clinical Strategy: Trust, Experience, Access, Reach, Success

NBCI and its Southern Clinical Strategy (SCS) has enrolled thousands of patients for studies, programs and projects. We have developed a highly successful congregate recruitment formula since we began offering these services

Our SCS "trust factor" and expertise facilitates our ability to rapidly initiate recruitment of the desired patient population

  • Direct patient access
  • Survey data

Myeloma Link

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
(LLS) has joined forces with NBCI to increase
access to education and treatment for myeloma in
the African American communities.

Connecting African American Communities
to Free Information, Expert Care, and Support

National Implementation and Dissemination Project

Under the National Implementation and Dissemination for Chronic Disease Prevention initiative, the Directors of Health Promotion and Education (DHPE) is providing technical assistance, training and resources to 50 selected communities that are receiving funding for improving health, preventing chronic disease and reducing health disparities.

Montage of health related images The Black community, because of its historic disadvantage of not being a part of the original American democracy -- some would say the American experiment -- and because of its horrible health composition and status, can ill afford to wait for health reform that will not truly take hold for another ten years.

The National Black Church Initiative, having grown morally frustrated on the pace of achieving equality in health in any area, is moving with immense speed to reveal its Health Emergency Declaration (HED) that will institute throughout its 34,000 churches proven health prevention strategies and models that will begin to alter, transform and eliminate the negative health statistics between whites and blacks in this country.

Health Emergency Declaration (HED) Core Values

Know your body. 1. Know your body.
Visit the doctor. 2. Visit the doctor.
Increase fruit and vegetable intake 3. Increase your fruit and vegetable intake by 150%.
Increase physical activity 4. Increase your physical activity by 150%.
Get enough sleep 5. Get enough sleep (8 hours).
Take 'mental breaks' 6. Take "mental breaks" to reduce stress.
Quit - do not start smoking 7. Quit smoking or do not start smoking.
  • Health Emergency Declaration Paper .pdf [1.6mb]
    The National Black Church Initiative declares a national health emergency in the Black church highlighting the health crisis in the African American community. This paper explains why we are taking such dramatic actions and the proven, scientific methods we will be using to solve the crisis.
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