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The Washington, DC Metro HBCU Alumni Alliance, Inc.’s
(DCHBCUAA) community outreach mission is to improve the
health and well-being of our communities. Our efforts are aimed
at reducing health disparities that are pervasive in
predominantly African American communities. Depending on
where you live in the Washington, DC area, there is a 15 year
difference in life expectancy. Our programming is focused on
addressing the social determinants of health and our priority
areas are Health & Wellness, Hunger Awareness, and Higher
Education. By leveraging the full value of the Alumni Alliance,
we educate the community, provide financial resources, offer
volunteers, and work strategically with our community partners
to make a measurable impact to address the following issues:
health, hunger, and education.
Target One: Health and Wellness
The health disparities that exist between African Americans and other demographic groups are
alarming and have long-term consequences for quality of life and life opportunity. Heart disease,
stroke, diabetes and cancer -- the four leading causes of death in the African American
community -- are largely driven by lifestyle. To increase awareness and education about
prevention of these conditions the Washington, DC Metro Historically Black Colleges and
Universities Alumni Alliance, Inc. (DCHBCUAA) established an annual HBCU Run / Walk and
Health and Wellness Fair to bring the awareness of these disparities, deliver education and offer
health screenings. This health initiative aspires to educate the community on living well, with
regular exercise and proper nutrition, and draws attention to the barriers that many people in our
communities face in making healthy choices. Proceeds support students who are interested in
attending an HBCU in Health/Science fields of study.
Target Two: Hunger Awareness
The Alumni Alliance has partnered with the Capital Area Food Bank to help fight hunger in the
community where we live and serve. One in seven District households is struggling against
hunger, and while the nation's federal nutrition programs have a wide reach in Washington, D.C.,
too many adults and children continue to slip through the nutrition safety net. “Food insecurity and
lack of availability of nutritionally adequate and safe food persists for too many households. Along
with hunger, lack of access to healthy food contributes to obesity and poor health outcomes. Our
goal through this partnership is to bridge the gap by providing additional food and financial
resources, incorporating a food drive in our annual DCHBCUAA 5K Run / 2K Walk and Health,
Hunger and Higher Education Fair, and educating communities with food hardship. We continue
to seek corporate sponsors and partners with comparable missions.
Target Three: Higher Education
Leading the way to improve the quality of education in the urban community, the HBCU Alumni
community has partnered with a District of Columbia public school to fill school year resource
gaps in supplies and education. Tapping the wide range of knowledge and resource base of our
membership, we seek to connect students to skills building opportunities in college preparatory
subject matter such as SAT preparation, computer engineering and coding, STEM and specific
subject tutoring. To meet day-to-day demands, school supply and backpack collection will help
fill a necessary need for underserved students.
Call to Action:
There are many elements to our work. In addition to time, passion and commitment, there are
many tangible resources that we need to bring our plans and events to fruition. We cannot deliver
on our mission or achieve our goals without the support of our corporate sponsors. Partnership is
at the core of our work and we continue to seek new partners to make our work possible.
Community Outreach plays an integral role in realizing the Alumni Alliance’s social mission and
protecting its non-profit status