OUR MAY NON-PROFIT - BLACK HEALTH ALLIANCE

Blackbird Fabrics donates 1% of our revenue each month to a rotating non-profit. With the help of recommendations from our team members, friends & family, and our customers, we choose non-profits that support causes that are important to us and our community. You can find a full list of organizations that we have supported here!

Our non-profit for May is Black Health Alliance.

Black Health Alliance (BHA) is a community-led charity  based in Ontario, Canada. Black Canadians face a disproportionate amount of health disparity and health inequities, such as chronic illness, mental health, and addictions. BHA provides help to Black communities providing support to those living in poverty, LGBTQ+ trans and gender nonconforming youth, seniors, and people living with disabilities.

BHA promotes the health and well-being of Black Canadians by breaking down racial, societal, language, and cultural barriers to health and wellness. By working with local communities, government, social services, and health care providers, they are able to create generational and systematic change.

One of these community based projects is the TAIBU Community Health Centre. They work closely with the Ontario government to create community based and health care that is specifically for Black communities. TAIBU helps connect Black communities with health care providers such as registered nurses, counselling services, and physicians who understand  unique language and cultural barriers. During Covid-19, they have worked closely with local communities to promote pop-up testings, provide health information and access to health items, and run a specific hotline to answer any Covid-19 related questions for the community.

In addition, BHA is involved with Pathways to Care. This project aims to improve mental health and access to healthcare services for Black children, youth, and their families. Pathways to Care runs  programs such as the Substance Abuse Program for African Canadian and Caribbean Youth and the Black Enhanced Youth Outreach Worker Program. These programs have helped remove obstacles, improve mental health, and offer support within Black communities.

Systemic racism is real and has a significant impact on economic status and healthcare inequality.. We want to thank Black Health Alliance for their work in breaking these barriers and bridging access to health services for Black Canadians.

References:

https://blackhealthalliance.ca/wp-content/uploads/Black-Health-Alliance-2018_2019-Annual-Report-1.pdf

https://blackhealthalliance.ca/black-health-and-well-being-strategy/

http://taibuchc.ca/en/covid19/

https://www.pathwaystocare.ca/about