The Eastern Colorado Council of Black Nurses (ECCBN) was a division of the Colorado Council Black Nurses Incorporated (CCBN). In 2010, under the leadership of then president Terry Lee RN, a group of members from CCBN sought membership in the National Black Nurses Association Incorporated (NBNA) and obtained a charter. Thus the Eastern Colorado Council of Black Nurses (ECCBN) was born. ECCBN brought NBNA'a national initiatives to the local level and shared common concerns for improving the health status of all people through legislation and healthcare policy changes that affect underserved consumers as well as providers within the healthcare industry on a national level.
To this day, CCBN continues a close knit relationship with ECCBN. Wherever the "E" is displayed, know that the initiative has national, if not international, impact and that Colorado is serving as a model for the rest of the nation.
RESEARCH: In early 2020, ECCBN was blessed to be selected as a collaborative partner through NBNA of the All of Us Research Program, a historic national health research initiative overseen by the National Institutes of Health. Formed near the end of the Obama health reform era, All of Us is part of a new era in which researchers, health care providers, technology experts, community partners, and the public work together to develop individualized health care. The All of Us Precision Medicine Initiative is the guiding principle that drives ECCBN's program involvement with the expectation that data discovered will promote inclusive healthcare practices and steer policy change that will lead to more equitable health care for those who call the US their home. Click HERE to find out more about the All of Us Research Program.
SCHOLARSHIP: ECCBN established its first graduate level scholarship in 2020 to Black nurses who are Colorado residents seeking Masters level and above postgraduate education and certifications. In addition, profession advancement opportunities are increased through the NBNA benefits of additional scholarship opportunities for first year nursing students through graduate level nursing students that can be directly accessed from NBNA. To learn more about the National Black Nurse Association Inc., Scholarship Program Click HERE.
President: Robin Bruce FN, BSN, RN
Vice President: Lynn Hoskins BSN, RN
Treasurer: Dorothy Reid BSN, RN
Secretary: Jonelle Goode-Smith MS, LPN
Parliamentarian: Chris Bryant DNP, MSN-PH, RN
Historian: Margie Cook PhD, MpH, FNP, BSN, RN
Chaplain: Emma Jackson FCN, SNP, MA, MS, BSN, RN
Immediate Past President: Margie Cook PhD, MpH, FNP, BSN, RN