CBHN Current Research and Reports

Snapshot: The Health of Black Children in California

CBHN, together with The Children’s Partnership, the  California Black Health Network, California Black Women’s Health Project and Black Women for Wellness, released a fact sheet that centers whole child data focused on Black children and youth in California and some of the challenges they face in their success and healthy development. We want to uplift protective factors – community-defined assets and conditions that reduce or buffer the effects of risk, stress or trauma – that protect and promote their health, including:

This fact sheet contains data that is challenging and upsetting to read. We thank you for engaging with this information bravely, empathetically and thoughtfully.

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CBHN Perspectives: The State of Black Health

The California Black Health Network presents CBHN Perspectives: The State of Black Health, a series of reports that highlight health, economic, social, and policy issues that impact Black communities in California and the United States. The CBHN Perspectives reports feature data and insights that describe Black Health and compares the state of health by race and ethnicity. From mental health to COVID-19, CBHN will share a comprehensive assessment and report on the current landscape of Black health in California. Please view our current reports below.

Black Mental Health

Black Mental Health: On August 12, 2021, the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development reported their study findings that updated the country on existing racial disparities in maternal and infant health access, care, and deaths. This analysis was funded by the NIH and researchers looked at death certificates from 2016 and 2017. In a previous study, it was indicated that the maternal mortality was 2.5 times greater with Black, non-Hispanic mothers than White, non-Hispanic mothers. The mortality rate has now been reported as 3.5 times higher for Black women. Read more here about the state of Black Maternal health and what efforts are in effect to improve the wellbeing of Black mothers in California.

Black Maternal Health

Black Mental Health: This CBHN Perspectives report attempts to answer the questions “What is the state of Black mental health in California?” and “What steps can we take to address the mental health crisis happening before us?” Lecia Harrison, Executive Director of Be Smooth, helps us answer these questions as we explore what California is doing to increase Black mental health awareness and access to culturally appropriate resources.

Partner Reports


California Health Care Foundation 2021 Health Care Almanac

Cancer Facts & Figures

Ethnic Health Assessment For Africans in California

Download the Ethnic Health Assessment for Africans in California and learn about the issues facing the African community in California. Study the statistics, review the recommendations, and use this information to become a better informed advocate.

Understanding Health Reform

A Community Guide for Africans

Health Reform in Plain Language – a tool to better understand what health reform means for you and for your family.

Infant Mortality Rates In California Are Alarming

According to KidsData.org, Africans lead California on infant mortality. From 2005 to 2007 on average 12 out of every 1000 children under 1 years of age suffered from a number of complications ranging from congenital defects and disorders related to pre-term birth and low birth weight. African and Multiracial infants have the highest rates of mortality.

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Dealing With Diabetes

Former KCRA 3 reporter, Pamela Wu interviews Executive Director of California Black Health Network, Darcel Lee about diabetes and the impact it has on Africans.

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New Black Voices: Learning from an Emerging Health Equity Movement

San Diego Black Health Associates was the San Diego Convener

Today not all black Americans are African-Americans, that is, US-born with roots in the trans-Atlantic slave trade. Black immigration to the US has skyrocketed to unprecedented levels. Despite the presence of significant and growing immigrant segments of the U.S. black community, health improvement efforts rarely include the full ethnic, cultural and language diversity of the contemporary black community. By working in silos, we are diluting the power of our voice, unwittingly ignoring the unique health challenges of black immigrants, denying ourselves access to rich cultural wellness traditions, and allowing a new generation of black health disparity.

Carry Your Voice: Link