The Health Association of African Canadians (HAAC) was formed in 2000 to address African Canadian health issues and the system inequities affecting health. Prompting the formation of HAAC was a project was sponsored by the Dalhousie School of Nursing and the Atlantic Center of Excellence for Women’s Health. The project focused on women’s health but stakeholders quickly acknowledged that women’s health could not be examined in isolation. Thus, HAAC was formed with the understanding that women’s health was a subset of the health of the entire family. Today, HAAC has a broad mandate and ready to implement a business plan with the goals, objectives and deliverables to meet its needs.
The current governance structure for the organization includes an executive committee composed of 5 members. The executive committee reports to a board. The board has the initial 5 executive members plus 6 additional members. The board, in turn, reports to the membership at large.
We are committed to:
- increasing awareness about Black health issues
- promoting research on Black health
- working with partners to improve health care delivery to Black communities
- being an advocate for evidenced-based policies relevant to Black health
- developing strategic partnerships to build and fulfill our vision and mission
- using a culturally competent approach in our work
Over the years we have been involved in several projects including:
- Black Women’s health
- Diabetes and Youth
- Sickle Cell Anemia
- Ujima Health Fair