National and Regional Partners
The National Association of Counties (NACo) unites America’s 3,069 county governments. Founded in 1935, NACo brings county officials together to advocate with a collective voice on national policy, exchange ideas and build new leadership skills, pursue transformational county solutions, enrich the public’s understanding of county government, and exercise exemplary leadership in public service. NOBCO is an affiliate of NACo and both organizations work together on critical issues impacting their constituencies.
NOBCO takes a deeper dive to look at, study, and inform county officials on issues NACo addresses from the perspective of the impact to Black County Officials. Together we are able to strengthen some of our most vulnerable communities to build a stronger America.
Partnering and Communicating Together to Act Against AIDS (PACT) is a funded partnership between the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and some of the nation’s leading organizations representing the populations hardest hit by HIV and AIDS.
Through their collaborative approach, PACT Members will assist in achieving the goals of the National HIV/AIDS Strategy for the United States (NHAS) by reducing new HIV infections, improving health outcomes for individuals living with HIV, and reducing HIV related disparities. PACT Members will utilize their distinct viewpoints in creating a wide range of communication, mobilization and outreach activities
Together, the National African American Tobacco Prevention Network (NAATPN) and NOBCO are committed to the fight against target marketing of menthol, tobacco, and e-cigarettes in communities of color.
In the fight against health disparities, NAATPN and NOBCO also support campaigns and programs that educate African Americans about HIV testing, treatment and care.
The Pretrial Justice Institute formally began operations in 1977 in the footprint of criminal justice reform. NOBCO established their partnership with PJI out of our understanding criminal justice reform as a pressing issue to the growth and comprehensive wellbeing of African American communities. Whether it’s education, housing, health, or employment, the economic impact of an unfair criminal justice system must be addressed. The American system of bail is fundamentally incapable of doing the job we expect from it. Those with money—regardless of where they got the money or their danger to the community or victims—can purchase their freedom while poor defendants remain in jail pending trial, which can sometimes last years. In light of the increasing growth of mass incarceration of black, brown, and poor people this is a partnership where more is gained than lost by working together.
Founded in 1991, the Center for Black Equity (CBE), is the oldest and only Black LGBT organization in the United States. The Center for Black Equity works to achieve equality and justice for Black LGBT communities through expansive platforms focused on Health Equity, Economic Equity and Social Equity. The organization works to increase the public’s understanding of the challenges LGBT communities face on a daily basis and facilitate the erosion of misconceptions and prejudices. The Center for Black Equity also works to revitalize the public’s commitment to advocate collaboratively for immediate institutional changes in laws, policies, programs and resource availabilities that allow everyone, including Black LGBT people, to compete effectively in the marketplace. NOBCO is partnering with CBE to raise awareness on Black LGBT issues in counties across the United States.
The Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, founded in 1970 as the Black think tank, works with experts to provide evidence-based research, accessible solutions, and technical assistance to assist communities with large African American populations to solve problems. The natural synergies between the Joint Center and NOBCO create opportunities for collaboration to continue the work to empower and transform counties and communities of elected and appointed county officials throughout the country. Increasing black political participation continues to be goal because it is the most direct route to improving the economic and social concerns of marginalized and vulnerable populations.
Since 1987, AHF has cared for thousands of people living with HIV and AIDS worldwide. AHF creates and implements unparalleled programs in new communities in the U.S. and abroad, AHF expands delivery of healthcare and influence over policy with the sole aim of saving more lives. NOBCO and AHF collaborate to share data, resources, events, and other platforms to promote HIV/AIDS education and testing. NOBCO and AHF recently signed Memorandum of Understanding to strengthen their fight against HIV/AIDS.
The Urban Coalition for HIV/AIDS Prevention Services (UCHAPS) is a national collaboration of community partners and health departments with a history of dedication to preventing new HIV infections and reducing health disparities, morbidity, and mortality related to HIV and AIDS. UCHAPS seeks to bring attention and resources to metropolitan areas that face a disproportionate burden of HIV. Their belief that by working with government officials, community planning leaders, and those impacted by HIV, to develop and implement a more effective public health response that prevents new HIV infections and decreases the morbidity and mortality associated with HIV is a benefit to both our organizations. NOBCO is working in partnership with UCHAPS to bring enhanced attention and resources to metropolitan areas, which have faced a disproportionate burden of HIV infection throughout the history of the epidemic.
The Satcher Health Leadership Institute (SHLI) aims to be the leading transformational force for health equity in policy, leadership development, and research. Rooted in the legacy of our founder, 16th U.S. Surgeon General Dr. David Satcher, SHLI’s mission is to create systemic change at the intersection of policy and equity by focusing on three priority areas: the political determinants of health, health system transformation, and mental and behavioral health. In conjunction with key strategic partners, SHLI enhances leadership among diverse learners, conducts forward-thinking research on the drivers of health inequities, and advances evidence-based policies; all in an effort to contribute to the achievement of health equity for all population groups.
FLHI partners with healthcare providers, health volunteers, politicians, various media and service oriented organizations in their communities to offer large-scale wellness and other outreach platforms to minority populations through local churches, community events and more.
FLHI’s national outreach efforts are to improve community-based care coordination, address social determinants of health, and focus on preventive care for the most vulnerable populations worldwide.