CBHN and Covered California

CBHN Mission and Partnership with Covered California

The California Black Health Network (CBHN) advocates for health equity in all regions of California for the purpose of providing policy analysis, research and training that promotes best practices, which supports the creation of optimal conditions needed to sustain healthy Black people.

Fulfilling our mission to create a healthier Black California led CBHN to partner with Covered California. For several years, this partnership has allowed the organization to actively promote health care among Black people specifically in Orange, San Bernardino, Sacramento, and San Diego counties. We aim to reach the unemployed, underemployed, undocumented, gig workers, beauty stylists, and others who do not have affordable access to healthcare through their employers or parents.

The Case for Covered California

According to the Journal of Public Health, more than 886,000 deaths could have been prevented from 1991 to 2000 if African Americans had received the same care as whites. While African Americans do have a greater incidence of some diseases, the challenge remains to deliver the same high quality, equitable health care to everyone, despite reduced access for African Americans. Clearly, Covered California can play a key role in providing better access to health care for African Americans going forward.

Health Disparities – Get Covered and Gain Access to Preventative Healthcare

  • African Americans have the highest mortality rate of any racial or ethnic group for cancer in general, and for most major cancers individually, including stomach, liver, prostate, and colon cancers.
  • Although African American adults are 40% more likely to have high blood pressure, they are 18% less likely than their non-Hispanic white counterparts to have their blood pressure under control.
  • African American adults are twice as likely to be diagnosed with diabetes.
  • The infant mortality rate among African Americans is 2.3 times that of non-Hispanic whites, and African American infants are 4 times more likely than non-Hispanic white infants to die due to complications related to low birthweight.

Get Covered Today!

Please complete the form below and we’ll have an enrollment counselor in your area contact you.

How to Enroll

Covered California’s Open Enrollment period begins November 1, 2020 and runs through January 31, 2021.

Covered California Special Enrollment is also underway which allows people who experience a “qualifying life event” – such as moving, getting married, or having a baby – to sign up for new health plans. In addition, consumers who don’t have health insurance, have been impacted by the state’s wildfires, have lost their job, suffer loss of income, or are victims of domestic abuse during COVID-19 pandemic, are now eligible to enroll in health plans through Covered California’s Special Enrollment through December 31.

There is now more financial help than ever before available to the state’s consumers to assist with paying monthly health care costs. Call us at 866-761-4165. You can get free, confidential assistance from a certified enroller who can walk you through the enrollment process.

Contact A CBHN Enrollment Representative

Narda Smith

(562) 587-3348

San Bernadino

Diana Arce

(714) 681-3167

San Bernadino

Veronica Williams

(916) 333-0613


Betty Willilams

(916) 689-1978

Los Angeles
San Francisco

Jamel Johnson

(916) 689-1978

Los Angeles
San Francisco

Coretta Rolfe

(323) 374-3370

Los Angeles

Susan Pfiefer

(415) 860-8081

San Francisco

Portia Green

(916) 689-1978


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