African American Health Alliance (AAHA)




working to help eliminate racial and ethnic disparities in health and health care

Because we care

Our focus there: To ensure health reform addresses racial and ethnic disparities


"Our destiny is not written for us, but by us."    The Honorable Barack Obama

"Let us not despair but act.  Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer."    

The Honorable John F. Kennedy

Our Outstanding Team:   African American Health Alliance Board

Co-Chairs:  15th U.S. Surgeon General, The Honorable M. Joycelyn Elders, MD [Professor of Pediatrics University of Arkansas and Lecturer]  and  Rev. Lucille Perez, MD, [President and CEO, The Cave Institute, Past President National Medical Association, and Former National Health Director, NAACP].  Members:  Clive Callender, MD [Director Howard University Transplant Center,  Howard University Hospital, founder and Director,  Minority Organ Tissue Transplantation Education Program (MOTTEP)]; Rev. Fred Williams [President, SYF Associates, Former Chief Information Technology Officer, National Trust for Development of African American Men, Former Chair, Board of Directors, National Capital Area Public Access Network]; Allan Noonan, MD, Founding Dean School of  Community Health  and Policy, Morgan State University; AAHA Director: Fredette West, MGA, a former Associate Staff for Appropriation, U.S. House of Representatives, and Past Advisor Coordinator Congressional Black Caucus Health Braintrust  

African American Health Alliance

Included among the health priority agenda is:

  • Promoting wellness and optimum health.
  • Increasing diversity in health occupations and enterprise, and infrastructure development and revitalization.
  • Ensuring the benefits of health information technology and advance innovative technologies to unserved and underserved communities. 
  • Improving data collection, monitoring  and utilization to help improve the quality of life.
  • Ensuring further implementation of the DHHS Action Plan to Reduce Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities, the National HIV/AIDS Strategy, and the IOM Unequal Treatment Recommendations; and funding for minority health improvement programs, policies and initiatives.
  • Addressing the social determinants of health 

White House Health Care Summit:  We participated

About the Alliance 

The African American Health Alliance is a 501 (c) 3 tax exempt organization working to help eliminate racial and ethnic disparities in health and healthcare and to addressing the social determinants thereof including  education, jobs and employment, nutrition, technology, violence and more.  The Alliance is dedicated to strengthening advocacy, outreach and awareness for the purpose of helping to improve the quality of life. Across health and healthcare reform, we have helped to make considerable progress on behalf of the African American and other vulnerable communities. Our Board has tremendous expertise in the health and social determinants arena. The Alliance was the lead organization calling  for the President to issue an executive order designed to help improve education across the African American community.  In that effort, the Alliance gained critical support from the  Congressional Black Caucus.  On July 26, 2012, President Obama signed  Executive Order 13621 the White House Initiative on Excellence in Education for African Americans.  While the Alliance is proud of the collective progress, we still have a long way to go.  The need is great and resources are few.   The Alliance needs your support and donations to help further its progress.   Donations to the African American Health Alliance are tax deductible. Please donate.