Healthy Black Families, Inc (HBF) formed as a non-profit organization in July 2013. However, since 2002 some of the individuals on the Board of Directors were on the Community Advisory Board of the Berkeley Black Infant Health (BIH), a program of the Berkeley Health Department. Currently HBF is dedicated to the success of our programs while working in partnership and collaboration with other community organizations to advocate for equity and progressive change for our children, families and community.
- Sisters Together Empowering Peers (www.SistersTogetherEmpoweringPeers)
- Black Infant Health (www.ci.berkeley.ca.us)
Healthy Black Families, Inc. provides for the essential needs of program participants such as childcare, transportation vouchers and food incentives for meetings. Annually, HBF hosts various activities including, Mother’s Day celebration, Turkey Basket distribution, December Holiday gathering, February Black History Month Celebration and a Summer Barbeque. Cultural celebrations are critical to the social and spiritual unity of our black families and integrated into HBF programming.
All of our programs are free, provide incentives for participation, provide childcare at the site of meetings when needed and other supportive things for families who participate (e.g. children’s clothing, new toys for celebrations, raffles based on participation, etc). We do all we can to make it possible for mothers and families to attend our activities.
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Meet the Family
The Board of Directors, Our Staff and the Sisters Together Empowering Peers (STEP) Leaders
We are a team of dedicated professionals, ready to support the growth and development of healthy black families and individuals.
Cecil Devers, MSW
• Mental Health Counselor, Casa De La Vida of Berkeley Place
• Mental Health Contract Assessor for Alameda County Superior Court
• Social Work Consultant for Harambee Consultant Group
• Trainer, Mental Health Clinical and Support Staff for East Bay Agency for Children
• Experienced in crisis intervention for individuals and groups
• Crisis Center for Active Women in Prostitution and others at risk for poor health outcomes
• Participates in several Berkeley organizations including the African American/Black Professional and Community Network, NAACP
• Co-Chair, Education Committee of the BIH CAB – April 2011 through June 2013
Amani Nuru-Jeter, PhD, MPH
• Associate Professor, University of California, Berkeley, School of Public Health, Divisions of Community Health and Human Development, and Epidemiology
• Robert Wood Johnson Health and Society Scholar from 2003 to 2005, Emphasis on Social epidemiology and population health
• PhD in Health and Social Policy from Johns Hopkins University, Bloomberg School of Public Health, 2003
• MPH in Maternal and Child Health from George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services, 1998
• Nationally recognized expert in the area of social determinants of population health and health disparities, focus on racial discrimination as a form of stress and its impacts on health outcomes, particularly among childbearing women
• Featured speaker/trainer Berkeley Black Infant Health and at both national and international conferences
• Contributor to multiple scholarly journals, grant reviewer for the NIH
• Discussant for the Leadership Development Project sponsored by Harvard Medical School and the Kellogg Foundation