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Join the Celebration Aug 18-20, 2023

Be a Part of History


CCBN invites you to witness the honoring of our legacy while helping CCBN reach its $60K goal for underserved health communities and Nursing scholarships... and of course, get free health education in the process.

This weekend of Fun, Fashion and Education begins on Friday, August 18 with a little relaxation time and ends on Sunday, August 20, 2023, with the Fashion and Awards Show that recognizes 50-year Life Members, applauds modern Health Equity champions, honors the profession of Nursing, and

highlights Nursing fashion that spans the past 50 years and into the future. A nod to CCBN's mission to see the first nurse in space, witness a little friendly competition as designers create out of this world fashions using medical supplies graciously donated by area hospitals such as Parker Adventist Hospital and Rose Medical Center.

Fun, family friendly, education. Although this is a fund-building event where 100% of net proceeds will be directly deposited in the Big 60 Fund that has already raised over $7K of its $60K goal thanks to monetary and in-kind donations and sponsorships from health champions like you, CCBN can't help but provide free opportunities for health and Nursing education for youth and adults during the event. Check out the 3-day agenda. Registration is required for entry into any and all events.

As always, donation is not required to participate in the celebration but it would sure help to funnel funds into programs and scholarships. Please consider being an event sponsor, an in-kind sponsor, or an item sponsor, such as a sponsor of a hotel room for 50th Anniversary Awardees, a plane ticket for out of town honorees, be a fashion model, donate an entree, etc. Variations of sponsorships welcome. Thanks for your support!

The Colorado Council of Black Nurses Inc is a 501(c)3 nonprofit and charitable organization.

Click HERE to see the 3-Day AGENDA.


Thank You! Thank You! Thank You!

Just a quick thank you to all of those who supported the CCBN Scholars at this year's Health Highway, sponsoring Scholar projects that educated the community on vital health matters, providing and manning booths that educated the public about health care and resources (the youth volunteers were amazing!), providing general PPE safeguards such as masks and free COVID home test kits for the public, and adding to the CCBN Scholarship Fund to increase the number of underrepresented students entering and graduating from Nursing schools. Your support means so much. Special shout out to the 2023 Black Arts Festival Committee for their dedication in hosting a Health Highway annually and for letting our Scholars man the helm this year. A big hand-clap to the CCBN Scholars, mentors, and community volunteers who kept BAF participants educated and hydrated! Colorado has a healthier outlook thanks to the efforts of all involved.


It's Official: CCBN Inc Aerospace

We were so excited back in September 2022 when members voted unanimously to finalize the space arm of CCBN's Aerospace Nursing Department, officially birthing CCBN Inc Aerospace! Now in June 2023, CCBN Inc Aerospace finally has its own logo. Bear with us as we work to add this new and informative section about all things space health and habitation. Stay tuned.


Second Quarter Activities

Before the July break, CCBN packed in the connections for the greater health of all communities on Earth, in the air, and in space. We've expanded our list of collaborations and events to include both DPS and CCSD Career Technical Education Advisory, Wellpower Diversity Job Fairs, RMABPsi Reception for National Black Mental Health Month, Alzheimer's Disease and Related Dementia State Plan, CCCS Rising Star Awards, Nurse Physician Advisory Task Force for Colorado Health (NPATCH), Public Health Nurses Association, Xponential, SGAC Africa Strategic Partnership Event, GlobalMindED conference, New Grad Symposium, BEST Success Expo, Colorado Space Business Roundtable, even Colorado's Lieutenant Governor (Dianne Primavera) to name a few. Just like quarter one, our time in the community has not allowed time to fully update this website, but it's coming - sooner than later... or maybe later. Stay tuned!

First Quarter Activities

The Colorado Council of Black Nurses Inc has done so much this quarter that we haven't had a chance to update this section. To the benefit of our underserved communities, we've collaborated and advocated with many organizations, administrations, and institutions to meet our mission. Check back later to find out what we've got going with the Behavioral Health Administration, Project REACH, Denver Public Schools CTE, Cherry Creek Innovation Campus, Arapahoe Community College, Metropolitan State University, Wellpower, Denver Health, Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment and Cancer Prevention Early Detection, the Health Equity Accord, even the National Society of Black Engineers and more!


NEW YEAR, NEW LOOK. 50 Years of Service

CCBN celebrates it's 50th year of service empowering underserved communities for equitable health care for all people. Join us all year long as we explore what CCBN has done, is doing, and plans to do to assure that culturally competent and equitable health care is a basic human right, not at privilege. Keep a lookout for website updates, current initiatives, blasts from the past, and insights into the future. Mark your calendars for these upcoming CCBN events and be a part of CCBN's historic year. Click HERE

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Click Here to Sign Up for the next Public CCBN Meeting

Click Here to Apply for a CCBN Scholarship (Feb 1st - July 1st)

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Scroll Down To See How We Promote Culturally Competent and Equitable Healthcare for All

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Join The Colorado Council of Black Nurses Inc in supporting under-served communities to be equal contributors in the determination of healthcare standards by increasing the number of Black/African American professional nurses throughout the healthcare continuum. You don't have to be "Black" to belong. You only need a desire to support the mission of equitable healthcare for ALL and a willingness to address health equity from a cultural perspective.

<p style="font-size: 15px">Dedication: COVID She-roes. Health field women representing Colorado on the front line of the COVID-19 pandemic. 2020
<p style="font-size: 15px">Profession Advancement: CCBN's Space Nursing Program is announced by the 2022 CCBN President, Robin Bruce FN, BSN, RN at the 2022 Colorado Nurses Association Convention. (2022)
<p style="font-size: 15px">Success: Congratulations to new nurse Elsy Peoples BSN, RN, who as of October 2021 is also a CCBN Scholar Alumni!
<p style="font-size: 15px">Scholarship: New CCBN Scholar Carrie Smith is in good company among CCBN Scholars at the 2021 CCBN Scholarship Soiree.
<p style="font-size: 15px">Community Advancement: CCBN extends its reach across Colorado thanks to Colorado's Health Capitol (CHC). CCBN now has the opportunity to reach the Western Slopes and Eastern Plains as a part of CHC's Community Access Program. 2021
<p style="font-size: 15px">Aerospace: Thanks to space, aeronautic, education, nursing and other health experts who worked together to make space exploration a reality for our youth and the virgin flight of the CCBN Space Expo a success. Join us for the 2022 national launch. 2021
<p style="font-size: 15px">Achievement: CCBN Scholar Dayriana Sanders receives prestigious award in recognition of her contributions toward college student success from the Colorado Community College System. 2021
<p style="font-size: 15px">Men's Health: Free Prostate Screening. Retired nurses (from left to right) Lee Thomas RN along with CCBN members Dr. Margie Cook RN, Dorothy Reid RN, and Loretta Tipton-Perry RN show how nurses never really retire and stay on the ready for whenever the need arises lending a hand at the free prostate screening event collaboration with Colorado Black Health Collaborative and Inner City Health. 2021
<p style="font-size: 15px">Recognition: It's a GO! Thanks to CCBN member and Councilwoman Jennifer Allen-Thomas RN (3rd from left), CO will have a Nurse license plate. Proceeds help fund nursing scholarships. 2021
<p style="font-size: 15px">Outreach: CCBN showed up to educate and vaccinate at the Black Arts Festival. Members Shown (alphabetically): Elerie Archer RN, Robin Bruce RN, Janaye Culton MA, and Elsy David RN.  2021
<p style="font-size: 15px">Community: CCBN on the move in the community educating on subjects from COVID to Nursing in Space. Members shown: Ana Cox LPN, Councilwoman Jennifer Allen-Thomas RN, CCBN Scholar Jael Mallory. 2021
<p style="font-size: 15px">Professional Development: The 3rd Annual New Grad Symposium addressed the need for nurses to maintain their mental health thanks to NGS Coordinator Lynn Hoskins RN, Michael Wilkins MSW, LCSW, Ana Cox LPN, CCBN Scholar Janaye Culton MA, Dr. Laura Excell RN, and Beverly Wasserman RN. 2021
<p style="font-size: 15px">Community: CCBN and ECCBN members answer the call at COVID Pop Up Clinics in underserved communities. Shown: Clinic at King Baptist Church spearheaded by CCBN/ECCBN Member Loretta Tipton-Perry RN. 2021
<p style="font-size: 15px">Dedication: Known for our dedication, CCBN follows through to make sure communities receive the 2nd shot. Members Shown (alphabetically): RN's Loretta Tipton-Perry, Dorothy Reid, Christine Foster, President Robin Bruce, Elerie Archer, and Jennifer Allen-Thomas.  2021
<p style="font-size: 15px">Achievement: Margie Cook PhD, RN among the panel of Global MindED's Wonder Women of Healthcare. 2021
<p style="font-size: 15px">Project PPE AID: Our scholarship recipients (CCBN Scholars) stay active and give back to the community. CCBN Scholar Jael Mallory assists in delivering much needed masks to a local women's shelter. 2020
<p style="font-size: 15px">Outreach: CCBN Scholar Danyelle Gilbert SN speaks about health disparities on Erica Cobb's Comback Podcast Show. 2020
<p style="font-size: 15px">Global Outreach: Parish Nurse Emma Jackson RN (right)in Zimbabwe, Africa
<p style="font-size: 15px">Social Action: Behind the scenes of the COVID-19 pandemic, CCBN/ECCBN members making and delivering 1,000 masks to local care facilities and homeless communities.Shown: President Robin Bruce RN, Past President Margie Cook PhD, and Arabela Bruce CNA. 2020
<p style="font-size: 15px">Dedication: On the front line of the COVID-19 pandemic, CCBN Scholar Janaye Culton MA/CNA armed with PPE gear and a prayer. 2020
<p style="font-size: 15px">History: CCBN contributed to the success of the Dr. Justina Ford 150th Birthday Celebration. Look for us in the video. 2021
<p style="font-size: 15px">Profession Advancement: Aerospace Scientists to Emmy winners convened at the CCBN Space Talks to make space a reality for the next generation. CCBN Space Expo creator Ana Cox LPN (shown bottom right) 2021
<p style="font-size: 15px">Scholarship: Congrats to CCBN Scholar Alumna Kelci Boyard BSN, RN on her promotion as the 2020 CCBN Scholarship Program Chairman!
<p style="font-size: 15px">Professional Development: Grant Writing Workshop thanks to John Weir. Members Shown: RN's Lynn Hoskins, Robin Bruce, Dr. Margie Cook, and Dorothy Reid, and nurse graduate Rose Jean Gilles 2019
<p style="font-size: 15px">Profession Advancement: Year two of the New Graduate Symposium introduced those aspiring to advance in the nursing profession to Space Nursing thanks to CCBN/ECCBN Member Lynn Hsokins BSN, RN. 2020
<p style="font-size: 15px">Dedication: CCBN Nurses honored by the Colorado Nurses Association. (left to right) Beverley Wasserman RN, Dr. Margie Cook RN, Robin Bruce RN, and Dorothy Reid RN. 2021
<p style="font-size: 15px">Philanthropy: Past ECCBN President Chris Bryant DNP, RN and THRIVE Center President Veronica Camargo Fundraise at the 2019 CBHC Black & White Gala in Denver, CO.
<p style="font-size: 15px">Health Equity: Multi-ethnic organizations collaborated to address child and youth health disparitiesat the CCBN/ECCBN Health Equity Accord Year 2 held February  15, 2020 at Children's Colorado.
<p style="font-size: 15px">Outreach: CCBN Scholar Janaye Culton educated new moms at the Center for African American Health's Collaborative Black Health Summit. 2021
<p style="font-size: 15px">Philanthropy: ECCBN Members Represent at the 2019 Colorado Black Health Collaborative Black & White Gala. ECCBN is an official sponsor of CBHC. 2019
<p style="font-size: 15px">THANK YOU: Thank You to the families of our CCBN/ECCBN members who share us with those in need and willingly risk their health so our nurses and and healthcare workers can serve the health needs of the community. 2021
<p style="font-size: 15px">Community: ECCBN Treasurer Dorothy Reid BSN, RN fundraisingfor 2019 CO Sickle Cell Association Walk.
<p style="font-size: 15px">Social Action: CCBN "retired" nurses Dr. Margie Cook and Dorothy Reid RN are heavy hitters in administering COVID vaccinations. Shown: Dr. Cook 2021
<p style="font-size: 15px">CO Social Action: Governor Jared Polis and ECCBN President at CO Black Caucus Event 2019<p style="font-size: 10px">Photo courtesy of McBoat Photography
<p style="font-size: 15px">Social Action: 3rd annual CCBN Health Equity Accord takes a different angle on racism thanks to all involved and especially our sponsors Connect for Health Colorado, Tana Padilla, Rocky Mountain Association of Black Psychologists, National Association of Black Social Workers, and Confluency Consultants & Associates. 2021
<p style="font-size: 15px">Profession: Members of the Iota Eta Chapter of Chi Eta Phi Inc. National Nursing Sorority communed with CCBN/ECCBN members to address health equity and donate to those in need during the holiday season. 2019
<p style="font-size: 15px">International Relations: CCBN Scholar Naomi Alvaro assists with the free flu shot  event hosted by the African Leadership Group amid COVID-19 in Nov 2020
<p style="font-size: 15px">Philanthropy: Welcoming in the new year with the spirit of giving,CCBN Scholar Danyelle Gilbert CNA and immediate past president Margie Cook PhDdeliver books and toiletries to a local battered women's shelter.Items donated by Chi Eta Phi and CCBN/ECCBN members. 2020
<p style="font-size: 15px">Health Equity: CCBN's first ever double webinar - one in Spanish - led by CCBN member Beverly Wasserman RN was a huge success thanks to the super interpretation skills of CCBN Scholars Elsy David SN and Dayriana Sanders SN. 2021
<p style="font-size: 15px">Scholarship: Scholarship Program members Robin Bruce and Kelci Boyard with Colorado Opportunity Scholarship Initiative (COSI) leaders. 2019
<p style="font-size: 15px">Social Action: Dr. Terri Richardson of CBHC and Dr. Margie Cook of CCBN/ECCBN administered flu shots to metro-Denver's African communities amid COVID-19 in Nov 2020
<p style="font-size: 15px">Scholarship: Congratulations to CCBN Scholar Naomi Alvaro (shown with CCBN Scholarship Committee ChairmanRobin Bruce) who graduated with anAssociates in Science Degree. Next stop: BSN! 2019
<p style="font-size: 15px">Kudos: Congrats to ECCBN President Dr. Margie Cook (left) on receiving a 2019 Community Service Award from the Reginas' Social and Civic Club, founded by the Honorable Gloria Tanner (right of Dr. Cook), at their 60th Anniversary Celebration. 2019
<p style="font-size: 15px">Community: Supporting community development and education at the 2019St. Stephen's Missionary Baptist Church Gala. Shown: Vice President Robin Bruce RN with Pastor Randolph C. West Jr.
<p style="font-size: 15px">Firsts: Dr. Betty Williams, the only Black Deanof CU School of Nursing, with Dr. Cook 2016</p>
<p style="font-size: 15px">Social Action: Rep. Leslie Herod (HD-8) and ECCBN Vice President at CO Black Caucus Event 2019<p style="font-size: 10px">Photo courtesy of McBoat Photography
<p style="font-size: 15px">Professional Development: QMAP through DNP were well represented on the nurse track panel at the ECCBN New Grad Symposium Panel which informed many new (and not so new) to the nurse profession about scope of practice and employment rights. 2019
<p style="font-size: 15px">Scholarship: CCBN Scholar Lorrena (right) meetscommunity icon Cleo Parker Robinson (mid) 2018

Dedication: COVID She-roes. Health field women representing Colorado on the front line of the COVID-19 pandemic. 2020




CCBN Scholars Kick Off Another Year at the Health Highway of the Colorado Black Arts Festival

Thanks to CCBN Scholar sponsors Front Range Area Health Education Center (FRAHEC), Peer Assistance Services (PAS), and Wellpower, 2023 Black Arts Festival (BAF) attendees will experience hands on learning about health through Scholar projects, be informed of healthcare job opportunities, and have access to more free COVID safeguard supplies. The Operation game is returning for another festive year of challenging eye-hand coordination, along with Spin the Wheel for cool prizes. Come out, play games, and have FUN learning about health! Click HERE to find out more info about this year's BAF. See you at Denver's City Park on July 7, 8, and 9, 2023!


Hear Ye Hear Ye! All Rise

This Court Is In Session!

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Click the Pic or click HERE to register to join CCBN in exploring legalities within Nursing from our esteemed speaker Dr. Rowena Elliott RN, an expert panel, and a Mock Court on Saturday, June 10, 2023 from 10 am - 2 pm MDT. All new and recent graduates from Nursing programs, nurse pathway programs, and high schools are welcome. See you there!


Visit Us at the B.E.S.T. Success Summit June 9th

Visit the CCBN booth at Empower Field (Bronco Stadium) in the Health Pavilion at the 2023 Black Economic Success Trust 2023 Summit and Expo. Opportunities to learn from renowned speakers on June 9th. CCBN be at the Expo on June 10, 2023 on the free entry day, where you can come in out of the heat and shop the Expo marketplace, learn from presentations, and eat from Food Truck vendors. To be eligible for Expo door prizes, register HERE.



Thanking YOU for a successful year and all you do for equitable health for all. CELEBRATE WITH US!

On Saturday, December 17, 2022, CCBN celebrated its year's achievements on health equity and thanked those who helped make our year a success. The atmosphere was festive and inspirational at Colorado's Health Capitol as health equity champions as far away as England gathered together in-person and virtually to witness the fruits of their labor and recharge for a new year of breaking barriers to optimum health care for all people. Thank you all again for your support of CCBN's mission and the communities we serve.


100% of Recently Graduated CCBN Scholars and CCBN Student Members Passed the NCLEX!

Congrats to our recently graduated CCBN Scholars and CCBN student members who graduated with an ADN or BSN. As of October 2022, ALL passed their NCLEX and are full-fledged RN’s! Congrats to CCBN Scholars Elsy David Peoples BSN, RN, Danyelle Gilbert BSN, RN, and Dayriana Sanders ADN, RN. Congrats to CCBN student members Omarah Macias-Czarnecki BSN, RN, Upasana Nepal BSN, RN, and Gabriel Toepel BSN, RN. The future of Nursing at its best!


3-2-1 BLAST-OFF!

The CCBN Space Expo: National Launch

This year's goals are "simple": (1) Get 1 million youth to send a CCBN Space Expo themed postcard to Club for the Future to be flown on a future Blue Origin flight and returned to them so that they will always have something from space; (2) Instill hope in our youth - especially those who are justice involved - that our past doesn't have to define our future because our future is not yet written, and (3) HAVE FUN both learning about space and sharing with others what we've learned about space. Well, that didn't happen, but the year is not over yet so we're not giving up. There's still time to get those postcards in with the new goal of reaching the million mark by April 2023. CLICK HERE to access the CCBN Space Expo National Launch page and and track the number of postcards distributed. Spread the word. #aChanceToLeap #CCBNSpaceExpo


Colorado Nurse License Plates Now Available... Supports Nurses Education

We are elated to announce, that after many long months, the Colorado Nurse License Plate spearheaded by CCBN member Jennifer Allen-Thomas RN that honors Colorado’s nurses and helps support Colorado Nursing students is finally available for public purchase!  To get the DMV certificate, go to the Colorado Nurses Foundation website at https://www.coloradonursesfoundation.com/nurses-license-plate1 or click the link located under CCBN’s donation tab. #ColoradoNursesRock


The Colorado Council of Black Nurses is on a mission to break the resistance barrier that for the past 70 years has kept nurses from exiting Earth's orbit. Stay Tuned...

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CCBN is doing its part in stopping the spread of COVID-19 by providing tips and information on how YOU can TAKE CONTROL of YOUR part in stopping the spread of this coronavirus. CLICK HERE or go to the COVID-19 tab to learn how you can TAKE CONTROL to STOP the SPREAD.

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We Suggest Love... Above All... Through It All... For All

"Can't get rid of hate unless you replace it with something else." Quote from "Burden" by Andrew Heckler

Whether it's at a Town Hall, Seminar, Legislative Hearing, or Community Gathering, please join CCBN and ECCBN as we address Racism within the Healthcare Continuum.

As the first REGISTERED Black nurse in the United States, Mary Mahoney was well known for her professionalism, excellent nursing skills, and her ability to inspire others to work together for human rights.
Mary Eliza Mahoney - The first African American nurse in the United States.

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For 50 years, the Colorado Council of Black Nurses, Inc. (CCBN) has continued the tradition of professionalism, excellent nursing skills, and the promotion of equal human rights through collaborative practices that address healthcare disparities as well as health status disparities from a cultural perspective. CCBN's initiation and promotion of culturally competent and equitable health care practices within the state of Colorado has effected change in global health initiatives, national healthcare standards, Colorado state healthcare policies, and postsecondary curriculum in colleges, universities, and schools of Nursing throughout the state of Colorado; thereby improving the health status of all Coloradoans through the sustaining of high quality and professional health care.


Please consider making a tax deductible donation to the Colorado Council of Black Nurses, Inc. Thank you!

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