Message from Pastor Chad Ricks, CBNLA President

Dear Colleague:

On behalf of the Council of Black Nurses, let me say welcome and we are delighted that you have an interest in the organization, or have decided to join our historical organization.

The Council of Black Nurses (CBN) is the collective voice of African American nurses and the leading force for parity and justice in nursing and the elimination of disparities in health.

The Council of Black Nurses (CBN) is the oldest chapter in the national organization representing African American nurses and their patients in the Los Angeles area. The CBN is a 501(c) (3) local chapter of the national professional and scientific organization representing the interests of more than 2,500 African Americans nurses and the patients they serve. CBN is committed to improving the quality of health among minorities and disadvantaged people through its membership, professional development, community health education, advocacy, research and partnerships with federal and private agencies. Throughout its history the Council of Black Nurses has focused primarily on health issues related to African Americans and medically underserved populations; however, its principles, goals, initiatives and philosophy encompass all ethnic groups.

The CBN is steadfast in its commitment to the elimination of health disparities and the promotion of healthy lifestyles among African Americans and other underserved populations.  CBN conducts consumer education programs on cancer, cardiovascular disease and stroke, HIV/AIDS, women’s health, immunization, clinical trails, as well as other issues that impact the lives of African Americans. This is a phenomenal time to associated with this historic organization. CBN was started in 1968 by Dr. Betty Smith-Williams, and Barbara Johnson, MSN, RN who were trailblazers before their time. It was their vision that saw a need for such a dynamic organization such as this. In 1971 in Cleveland Ohio, the first ballot was cast to form what is now known as the National Black Nurses Association. There are approximately 3.2 million nurses in the US. African American nurses are less than 10% of the entire population. NBNA represents approximately 2,800 nurses nationally.

It is an honor to serve you and this organization. We are glad that you have decided to be apart of our family. I submit to you that together we can take up this heavy mantle, and carry CBN into the 21st century and beyond. I challenge each and everyone of you, let’s come to the table serve, protect, and educate the underserved, disadvantaged, and disenfranchised.

Many Blessings,

Pastor Chad Ricks, RN, BSN, (MIHS)c
President – Council of Black Nurses, Los Angeles

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