Who we are & what we do
CAHN is a Black-led organisation set up to address the wider social determinants to eradicate health disparities for Caribbean & African people in the United Kingdom. We work with the Black community and cross-sector organisations to build community resilience, relationships, and a social movement to improve health outcomes for Black people.
CAHN’s vision is to eradicate health disparities for Caribbean & African people within a generation.
Our mission is to lead strategic engagement to change the unhelpful practices of service providers, commissioners, and member organisations to influence policy and practice to ensure racial and social justice is a focus of health and other public sector service reforms in the UK.
The Caribbean & African Health Network is founded on a number of key principles and values which enables us to conduct our activities with integrity respect, openness transparency and within a framework of good governance.
As an organisation we adopt an intersectional approach to engagement and are 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.
We work in a collaborative way to coproduce and codesign meaningful actions that bring about equity, justice and fairness to those that are underserved and marginalised in the community. Our engagement across stakeholders is purposeful and shared in a way that enables learning and best practices to make our society a better place to live for everyone.
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 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.