What Do We Do?

CAAHDER believes health care is a social justice issue and a human right.


CAAHDER conducts research that identifies the social, cultural, and psychological barriers and causal relations facilitating systemic health inequities and health disparities. We use our research and evidence-based practices to address and overcome these barriers through professional and community-based education and through the development of health community-based health programming and social media campaigns to increase the capacity of African Americans and vulnerable population to achieve optimal health and health care that is person-centered. 


CAAHDER also works to increase the capacity of African Americans and vulnerable populations to negotiate racism and discrimination in health systems


CAAHDER collaborates with communities, partners, and stakeholders to gain a broader understanding of health needs and solutions. We also collaborate with these entities on research and policy projects, providing reports and peer-reviewed publications to advance our collective understanding and knowledge. We also collaborate to help facilitate the planning and implementation of our health programming among constituents.


What Informs What We Do?

Social Determinants of Health

Engaging the Upstream to address Mid- and Downstream Systemic Health Inequities 

CAAHDER realizes that public health may not always address the specific needs underserved and vulnerable communities.


It takes the work of community-based nonprofits to direct attention to social determinants adversely or proactively impacting these groups through our efforts.

CAAHDER's work evolves to fill the gaps and address challenges related to the Upstream Downstream Public Health Framework: 

Downstream: Supporting chronic disease treatment through enhancing access to health services and programs. 


Mid-stream: Modifying individual behavior through addressing individual health and social needs through community-based and epidemiological research in developing health programming.


Upstream: Addressing social determinants of health where people live by providing community access to services and programs, and through investigations of laws, policies, and regulations to improve community conditions.

CAAHDER's first concern is upstream, which shapes our mid-stream and downstream community-informed efforts that facilitate health engagement practices in working with communities.


CAAHDER's Guiding Policy

CAAHDER's evidence-based TEACH policy is a 5-fold policy platform that is shape by healing engagement practices and guides how we do our work to fill the gaps and address the challenges in the Upstream Downstream Framework to effectively work with communities and partners to fulfill our mission.
  • Translate

    Translate science into useful programs and information informed by healing engagement.
    Obtaining professional and community-based input is essential to decentralize community health decisions.
    Use input to translate  evidence-based programs and research into information and programs that are relevant,  useful 
    empowering and sustainable.
    Adapt programs to specific communities
  • Educate

    Educational community-based programs must be approach through healing engagement practices to address personal, institutional, environmental, and policy levels.  
    Develop  educational programs by  synthesizing accepted scientific and community findings.
    Use adult learning theory, sound behavior change, and social marketing to design materials
    Effectively inform and enable healthy changes to behavior.
  • Awareness

    Through health centered engagement education fosters awareness.
    Increase awareness of  the challenges in health and health care among 
     African American and vulnerable communities.
    Build understanding the processes setting community health agendas.
    Increase the capacity of community members to make informed health decisions.
  • Collaborate

    Collaboration must be a healing, holistic and collective endeavor.
    Engage with the voices of underserved communities, which is critical to all community-based health efforts.
    Build partnerships to facilitate community health advocacy, planning,and implementation. 
    Foster collaborative voices, outreach, and advocacy in community-based health effo
  • Help

    Help is community-based support that is centered on healing engagement and inclusive. 
    Increase the value of ‘horizontal’ links among peers and among community-based partnerships.
    Engage links to help increase and support the power of ‘bottom-up’ health processes driven by communities.
    Build community infrastructure for knowledge-sharing for influencing behaviors
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