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In 2021, Elite Skills Development, along with 15 other Black serving organizations and 3 mental health providers were funded through the City of Long Beach to provide culturally affirming COVID-19 mitigation to Long Beach Black residents. 

Needing to coordinate the collective efforts of Black-serving organizations in Long Beach, The Black Health Equity Collaborative (BHEC) was established as an informal collaborative partnership among Black-serving provider agencies, nonprofit and for-profit small businesses to promote health and wellness among Long Beach Black residents to reduce COVID 19 impact, risk factors, and mortality among Long Beach Black residents.

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BHEC has grown by collaboratively holding visioning meetings to establish a shared mission and objectives and is now an established 501c3 nonprofit organization.  BHEC continues to address health inequities and disparities in the Black community through one powerful voice. Click on the link to connect to the full BHEC website, the definitive source of information for our Black community.