August 5, 2021 || 3 pm - 7 pm 

Black Health Matters is a Northeastern University student effort for Black Health led by Northeastern University Global Health Initiative (NUGHI) in collaboration with Minority Association for Prehealth Students (MAPS), Student Alliance for Prison Reform, Sisters in Solidarity, VITAL, Northeastern Red Cross, and Alpha Kappa Alpha to raise money for grassroots organizations dedicated to improving the health statuses of Black and LGBTQ+ communities. The beneficiaries of this fundraiser are Center for Black Women's Wellness, The Okra Project, The Justice Resource Institute- GLASS program, and the Lee Thompson Young Foundation.

We are working together to mobilize undergraduate students, graduate students, faculty, alumni, and any non-Northeastern affiliated participants to support the efforts of these grassroots organizations and join us in the fight against white supremacy in healthcare. Our mission is to financially support grassroots organizations that both focus on fighting and dismantling the racism ingrained in American healthcare systems and focus on reducing health disparities affecting Black and LGBTQ+ communities.

The fundraising for the organizations will occur in the form of a contact-a-thon. The conact-a-thon will take place on Thursday, August 5th, from 3:00 - 7:00 PM EST where we will have speakers from the beneficiaries and experts in health equity discussing their work in combating health disparities on the Zoom call. During this zoom call, participants will be on the call together to contact people asking them to donate to the organizations through the Husky Starter link . Participants of the contact-a-thon can stay on the Zoom call for as long as they choose, and attending the Zoom call is not mandatory.

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The Center for Black Women's Wellness

Specific projects we are supporting:

The Wellness Clinic: The Wellness Program strives to broaden awareness of the many health issues affecting black women; encourage change in personal behaviors to prevent unnecessary illnesses; and provide preventive health care and early detection and treatment of conditions before health problems arise.

The Safety Net Clinic: The Safety Net Clinic provides no cost services for uninsured women and men ages 18 & older.

Atlanta Health Start Initiative (AHSI): AHSI is a federally funded maternal and infant health initiative designed to improve maternal and infant health outcomes in communities with high rates of infant mortality. The AHSI case management program serves approximately 300 pregnant and postpartum women and infants annually.

The Okra Project

This organization is an American grassroots mutual aid collective that support to black trans, non-binary and gender-nonconforming people. The organization is based in New York City and was founded by Lanne Fields Stewart.


The collective seeks to address the global crisis faced by Black trans people by bringing home-cooked, healthy, and culturally specific meals and resources to Black trans people. The Okra Project hopes to extend free, delicious, and nutritious meals to Black trans people experiencing food insecurity.

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GLASS Boston 
by the Justice Resource Initiative

The Justice Resource Institute has a specialized “GLASS Boston'' program that provides a continuum of services to LGBTQ+ youth of color and allies in the Greater Boston and Framingham areas. The program leads in LGBTQ+ youth services, providing education and consultation to other providers and community organizations.


This fundraiser will specifically benefit the GLASS program’s HIV services which includes behavioral health services for LGBTQ+ youth of color living with HIV, free STI testing and treatment, and other forms of support for LGBTQ+ youth of color.

The Lee Thompson Young Foundation

This organization is dedicated to erasing the stigma associated with mental illness by advancing holistic health treatments to improve the lives of all those impacted.The organization disseminates information to the general public, supports research, and sponsors youth programming that strengthens support systems and promotes well-being. Lee Thompson Young's sister, Tamu Lewis, and mother, Dr. Velma Love, created the foundation to promote mental health literacy. The foundation strives to foster a world in which mental illness is recognized as a treatable, biopsychosocial disorder and the stigma associated with it no longer exists. 


This fundraiser will specifically benefit Lee Thompson Young’s “Meet Mental Health Needs” Project which provided 20 individual virtual therapy sessions, 20 parents with training in Emotion Coaching, 15 parents with education on grief and trauma. This program will continue through 2021.