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Our Healing Partners

Our national partners have dedicated years of service and commitment to people of African descent, focusing on equity and justice. As change agents, they have improved the lives of thousands of individuals, families, and communities; and they have extensive experience achieving successful outcomes. Read about the organizations below.

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Syda Taylor

Executive Director

Syda Taylor is founder and Executive 
director of Organic Oneness and has 25 years working with Black and Latinx communities in Chicago. Syda received an M.A. in Community Development and Social Justice and a B.S. in Kinesiology.

Organic Oneness

Organic Oneness is a grassroots social justice organization in Chicago that mobilizes communities to pursue systemic change, healing, and wellness, foregrounding Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC). 

Chicago, Illinois


Dr. Bahia Overton

Executive Director

Bahia Overton, PhD has  17 years of experience in mental health and education policy. She is recognized for her work in amplifying the voices of Black/African American people and children in foster care.  

Black Parent Initiative

The Black Parent Initiative mission is to educate and mobilize the parents and caregivers of African, African American and African American multi-cultural children to ensure they achieve success.


Portland, Oregon

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Mario Rolle


Mario Rolle is the Director of HAAC, promoting health and wellness for persons of African Ancestry living in Nova Scotia. He has degrees in Criminology and Sociology from St. Mary's University. He also has a Bachelors and Masters in Social Work from Delahousie University.

Health Association of African Canadians

Health Association of African Canadians addresses African Canadian health issues and the system inequities affecting their health


Nova Scotia, Canada

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Jerome Underwood

President and CEO

Jerome Underwood is an activist and leader. He employs over 400 staff whom work with the communityto achieve self-sufficiency.  He holds an MBA in Finance from Rochester Institute of Technology  and a BS in Accounting from St. John Fisher College.

Action for a Better Community

Rochester, New York

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Action for a Better Community is a Community Action Agency that promotes and provides opportunities for low-income individuals and families to become self-sufficient.

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Jamico Elder

Executive Director

Jamico Elder earned degrees from Tuskeegee University and Harvard University. Under his leadership, Avalon Carver has doubled its size and expanded programs including an on-site Youth Build High School and transitional age youth shelter with 150 beds.

Avalon Carver

Avalon Carver works to care got the metal, physical, and spiritual needs of individuals and families through education, community outreach, and empowerment.

Los Angeles, California

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Dr. Monique LaSarre

Executive Director

Dr. Monique LeSarre has over 20+ years of higher education, clinical and non-profit experience

and believes that in order to create individual and community healing, it is most effective to work on multiple levels of the system, beginning with individuals, families, and groups, and on academic, training, research, advocacy, and policy levels.


Rafiki Coalition

San Francisco, California

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Rafiki Coalition for Health and Wellness 

works to reduce health inequities and increase wellness in San Francisco’s Black/African American and marginalized communities.

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