The Black Health Coalition operates using two primary guiding principals. These principals are Empowerment and Inclusion.

Empowerment means that if there is something in the community that we have the skills, knowledge, and access to sufficient resources, then we will do it ourselves.

​Inclusion means that we recognize that we can do everything ourselves and must rely on sources outside of our community. We however, maintain the right to tell those who would work with us, how we want things to be done.

​The BHC has provided many services to the African American community and has firsthand witnessed the impact in the following areas:

RESEARCH: Conduct research on the health status of the African Americans in the state of Wisconsin - particularly Milwaukee. Areas which have been researched, including infant mortality, family resiliency, and cultural competency.

TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE: Provide assistance to agencies in developing, implementing and evaluating their service delivery system.

TRAINING/ EDUCATION: Provides individualized, on-site, community health training to health and human services workers. Specific tools have been developed to provide institutional assessments measuring cultural competency among facilities providing services to persons of colors, especially African Americans.

ADVOCACY: Develop policies and programs to inform African Americans about the importance of the special health problems they confront and what measures can be taken to improve health. Intercede when necessary, to help them access the health care services needed.

​1) The BHCW currently operates the following coalitions:
2) African American Mental Health Task Force
3) African American Task Force on HIV/AIDS
​4) Milwaukee Healthy Beginnings 
5) Health Access Task Force

​The staff of BHCW works with each of these entities and their respective funding sources to ensure that goals and objectives are met, program reports are timely and accurate and that fiscal responsibilities are maintained.

ASHA Family Services
Career Youth Development
Center for Child and Family Service
Coalition of Black Trade Unions
Cream City Medical Society
Daughters of Luke, Ltd.
Empathic Counseling
M & S Clinical Services, Inc.
Metro Home Health Services
​Milwaukee Health Services
Milwaukee Urban League
Milwaukee Chapter - National Black Nurses Association
National Black Women's Network
National Forum for Black Public Administrators
New Concept Self Development Center, Inc
.New Horizons Center
​One-Hundred Black Men
T.B.I Motivation
V.E. Carter Development Group
Wee Care Day Care 
WINGS International
Wisconsin Association of Black Social Workers
​Wisconsin Charter-National Black Alcoholism Council 

Since that time, BHCW has grown to twenty-six organizations and 19 individual members, all whom are African-American. The coalition is made up of health care professionals, social service agencies, professional organizations, and grassroots organizations.

Since its inception, the BHCW has been at the forefront of health issues that have impacted African Americans and other underprivileged populations in the state of Wisconsin. Whether issuing a Health Manifesto to public or private officials, or rallying for equitable access to health care for minorities, the BHCW has gained the reputation of being the voice for underprivileged populations that go unheard all to often.

The Black Health Coalition of Wisconsin, Inc. (BHCW) adopted the concerns of the Health and Human Services' Secretary Task Force on Black and Minority Health as its basis for concentration.

"Focusing on the Highest Quality of Life for African Americans"


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Organizational Members of the Black Health Coalition Include:

The Projects

The Coalition Services

Guiding Principles

In 1984 at the Wisconsin Political Convention, the African American community convened an agenda setting conference. A substantial number of individuals, who participated in the health/ mental-health workshops, indicated they felt that current health related activities at health fairs lacked significant minority content. The outcome of the workshop on health was to establish the Black Health Planning Council (BHPC).

The Black Health Planning Council (BHPC) was formed to plan, organize and promote the dissemination of relevant health care information to Milwaukee minority community. The ultimate goal was improve the communities well-being. In addition, the BHPC provided minority practitioners with an opportunity to participate in health related activities. There were also opportunities to participate in key services and/ or issues, which were presented at these health related events that were geared toward minorities. The BHPC was comprised of health professionals, and provided health information to the community. In 1988, in was decided that there was a need for a more concerted effort to develop an effective voice on health care issues. It was also decided that a collaboration of professional and grassroots organizations would be the most effective. Thus, Patricia McManus and Claude Gilmore, who facilitated the original workshop in 1984, spearheaded the coming together of Black organizations to establish a citywide coalition.

The Black Health Coalition of Wisconsin (BHCW) was incorporated in October 1988, with twelve organizations. All of the organizations were required to sign a memorandum of understanding that established their commitment to forming a black health alliance for a change.

The founding organizations were the founding:

  • Black Health Planning Council

  • Black Nurses' Association

  • Milwaukee Comprehensive Community Health

  • Metro Home Health Services

  • Wisconsin Association of Black Social Workers

  • Career Youth Development

  • Cream City Medical Society

  • Milwaukee Urban League

  • Black Pharmacist Association

  • New Concept Self Development Center

  • Black Lawyers Association

  • Human Services Triangle