––– OUR WORK –––
CAHN is a Black-led organisation set up to address the wider social determinants to reduce health inequalities for people of Caribbean & African in Greater Manchester and beyond. We work with the Black community and cross-sector organisations to build community resilience, relationships and a social movement to reduce health inequalities.
CAHN’s vision is to eradicate health inequalities within a generation by building community resilience and a social movement.
Our mission is to lead strategic engagement on behalf of the Caribbean and African community so that Black people and organisations are empowered to improve and sustain holistic health and wellbeing!
By challenging the unhelpful practices of service providers, commissioners, and organisations we hope to influence policy and practice; ensuring racial and social justice are the focus of health and other service provider.
CAHN GM is committed to working in an inclusive, creative and responsive manner with communities and organisations irrespective of socio-economic status, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, gender, age, and physical or mental ability.
Our work is conducted within a framework of respect, integrity, openness, transparency and accountability
Our Core Objectives
- To work collaboratively with Caribbean and African faith and community organisations to strengthen their structures and systems so that they can be responsive to meet the health and wellbeing needs of the community.
- To build partnerships across sectors and to be the point of contact between communities, voluntary sector members and commissioning agencies.
- To engage in continuous consultation, planning and evaluation to provide solutions to persistent health inequalities and act as a direct point of contact with commissioners.
- To champion the work of the Caribbean and African community and to promote its assets, efficiencies and achievements
As an organisation, CAHN
Leads – we lead strategic engagement articulating the needs of the community with an evidence base. We galvanise the community to respond to consultations and influence policy and practice; challenging the myth that we are hard-to-reach.
Enhances – we work with community groups and member organisations to reduce duplication and maximise their impact; making them more effective in achieving their objectives.
Educates – we raise awareness about prevention, early detection, effective self-care and self-management. We provide commissioners and service providers with insight and cultural awareness of the Black community.
Supports – we support a range of initiatives that brings communities together and builds community resilience. We broker collaborations among organisations to compliment and promote partnership working. We work with member organisations to strengthen their governance and support sustainability planning.
Advocates – we ensure the voice of the Black community is represented at decision-making tables. Our volunteers from a range of specialities support the most vulnerable in our community.
The evidence base identifies five key areas of work that we need to work with our community and stakeholders to address. Within all of these health programmes there are distinct needs that we need to to tailor health prevention initiatives to affect change and improve outcomes.
All of the health programmes take in account intersectionality within the protected characteristics to deliver impact across generational groups. Much of our work is undertaken in partnership with Trusts, clinical commissioning groups, local authorities, faith communities and Voluntary sector organisations. This work seeks to enable a better experience and outcome for people of Caribbean or African descent locally and nationally.