AFRICAN AMERICAN WELLNESS PROJECT

Striving for Health Equity by Empowering African Americans

aka NONE   |   Oakland, CA   |  www.aawellnessproject.org

Mission

Our mission is to improve the health among people of color by not only providing health information but providing tools to better utilize a health care system which is often unfair or unjust to African Americans. To this end, we produce a range of initiatives on various media platforms to connect to our audience, such as Black Doctors Speak, our regular podcast, African American Wellness Watch, a weekly Facebook Live event in partnership with BlackDoctor.org, a monthly newsletter, and a growing presence on the traditional airwaves of television and radio, where in addition to local radio shows we broadcast Health Public Service Announcements reaching 1.2M TV viewers on 2500 stations and 4.5M radio listeners on 10,000 stations.

Ruling year info

2010

Executive Director

Mrs. Monique LeNoir-Pittman

Founder

Dr. Michael Lenoir

Main address

2940 Summit

Oakland, CA 94609 USA

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EIN

30-0102430

NTEE code info

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (E01)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (F01)

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Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Mental Health Initative

The African American Wellness Project, a non-profit working to reduce health disparities in the Black community, is excited to announce that in the wake of the mental health crisis exacerbated by the COVID pandemic, AAWP advisory board member and celebrity children’s author, Tyrell Zimmerman, will donate 100% of the proceeds of his book titled, My Dream, My Reality, centered around children’s mental health and trauma to support AAWP’s Mental Health Initiative through the end of the year.
Zimmerman, former 2010 National Football League Draft prospect, and current financial guru, is
recognized nationally and locally for his work with at-risk youth and his work in the sports and
entertainment industry as a mental health advocate. He authored this book to serve as a tool for children
and adults to have guided discussions around trauma.

Population(s) Served
Adults
People of African descent

Our regular Podcast "Black Doctors Speak" is at https://www.blackdoctorsspeak.org/podcast
We also have projects with Blackdoctor.org 19,000,000 hits on website per month and 3,000,000 facebook fans, we have one Facebook Live per week.
This year we hope to host at least four Facebook Live projects dealing with issues that impact minority and underserved communities. We will focus primarily on hypertension, and stroke, diabetes, asthma and obesity.
Through our Radio partnerships with KBLX, KPFA and others, as well as PSA distribution agreements nationwide, we reach tens of millions of African Americans and People of Color, spreading positive informational messaging on health and wellness to reduce health disparities.

Population(s) Served

On our website, www.aawellnessproject.org, we have a partnership with Vivacare to give a wide array of tools for our health education mission, health consumers can learn about all kinds of diseases and conditions, and how to manage them or get the care they need. This is the direct link to the resource - https://aawellnessproject.vivacare.com/toolkit

Population(s) Served

We started a partnership with Healthwise to host their symptom checker tool and health encyclopedia on our website, free of cost to all our visitors. They can log on to the site, enter symptoms (data is protected) and receive cost-free information about their health. Thereafter they can search the relevant condition on our site and become an informed health consumer and advocate for good healthcare for themselves.

Population(s) Served

As our challenges with the pandemic continue, one question we used to receive regularly was about parents' concern for their children. They lacked knowledge and a trusted partner to understand and make informed decisions about their children's health. AAWP is planning a series of programs and dedicated resources on our website to inform and educate parents of color to make those choices safely and with peace of mind.

Population(s) Served

AAWP is working with local San Francisco Bay Area partners to find other groups that also serve People of Color in the Health and Wellness space. We believe that by combining our efforts we can create a multiplier effect in the fight to end health disparities. Already we have combined with groups such as the Alameda County Health Alliance to do Coronavirus Updates in the form of Video PSA's.

Population(s) Served

Our Founder Dr. Lenoir publishes a weekly address called the Ethnic Health Report in audio and written form. This is a summary analysis of the key health issues of the day that affect People of Color and it is written in a digestible format for our thousands of email newsletter readers. Already it is being noticed and becoming a unique source of trustworthy information in the space.

Population(s) Served
People of African descent
Adults
People of African descent
Adults
People of African descent
Adults
People of African descent
Adults
People of African descent
Adults
People of African descent
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People of African descent
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People of African descent
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People of African descent
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People of African descent
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People of African descent
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People of African descent
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Where we work

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    The African American community of the San Francisco Bay Area where our HQ is, but broadly around the country, particularly those focused on improving their personal health in addition to fighting for health equity for African Americans.

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Community meetings/Town halls, Suggestion box/email,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    In town halls we recently held, we received live questions from concerned parents about their children not having availability to Covid-19 vaccinations (at that time, vaccinations were limited to 18+). So we made youth and child vaccination one of our key initiatives for 2021, coinciding with the increased availability of vaccination for younger people.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback, We ask the people who gave us feedback how well they think we responded,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, The people we serve tell us they find data collection burdensome, It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection, Staff find it hard to prioritize feedback collection and review due to lack of time,

Financials

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AFRICAN AMERICAN WELLNESS PROJECT

Board of directors
as of 1/29/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Dr. Oliver Brooks

African American Wellness Project

Term: 2022 - 2021

Michael Campbell

Maria Costen

Estetban Burchard

Bruce Hardy

Kim Scott

Oliver Brooks

Kevin Martin

Tiffanie Marie

Michael Munson

Martin Wyatt

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Not applicable
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Not applicable
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Not applicable

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 01/29/2022

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Black/African American/African
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Black/African American/African
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability

Equity strategies

Last updated: 01/29/2022

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Data
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.