A Love Letter to the Black Community

MAKING IT PLAIN - A Town Hall Discussion About COVID & The Incarcerated

Are the incarcerated being protected from COVID? What happens when they are released? Top health professionals, advocates, and criminal justice professionals discuss this often overlooked population.

MAKING IT PLAIN - The Colors of COVID: Barbershop & Salon Talk Vaccines

What barbershops and salons are saying about the COVID-19 vaccine and what does it mean for our community?

New National Initiative Taps Barbers and Stylists to Encourage COVID-19 Vaccination in Communities of Color

President Biden recognizes innovative partnership between the Black Coalition Against COVID, the University of Maryland Center for Health Equity, and SheaMoisture

MAKING IT PLAIN - A COVID-19 Town Hall with NFL Alumni

What are NFL players saying about COVID? Do they have the same questions as you? Join us for an informative conversation with healthcare experts and NFL Alumni.

MAKING IT PLAIN - Critical COVID-19 Vaccine Decisions Facing Black Labor as America Opens Up

With half the country still yet to get vaccinated, what impact will this have on the labor force as America starts to re-open? Top health and labor officials discuss.

BCAC Racial Equity Guidebook

This guidebook serves as an aid for various stakeholders, government officials, community-based organizations, faith-based organizations, retail pharmacies, and health institutions to leverage in developing their vaccine administration plans to enable access within the Black community.

racial equity guidebook

The Fight Against COVID-19

The Black Coalition Against COVID-19 was created for the purpose of organizing D.C.’s multi-dimensional and broadly inclusive cohort of community leaders and advocates in an effort to urgently mobilize and coordinate all available community assets in complementary and collaborative support of D.C. Governments' efforts, and especially those of D.C Health. We understand our work as being aligned with the vision of “The Beloved Community” as expressed by Martin Luther King. We understand that our communities, while challenged, should be viewed in the context of their wholeness and not their deficits. Community leaders from across the city who work with the faith, homeless, incarcerated and recently returned citizens, substance abuse, health and medical, labor, youth, senior, creative artist, academic, and other communities are essential assets in the fight to protect our city from this pandemic. The BCC has chosen to accept the challenge of helping to marshal these assets, and do do it with the urgency this crisis demands.

Protect Our Communities

It has been well documented that African American communities have, for a number of interrelated reasons, suffered a disproportional impact from the COVID-19 pandemic. This is true nationally, and it is true in the District of Columbia. The frequency of chronic diseases such as diabetes, heart diseases such as high blood pressure, lung disease, substance abuse and HIV; dense living conditions; prevalent poverty; suboptimal access to quality health and medical care; inadequate access to fresh fruits and vegetables, and other factors all contribute to the disparate experience with this disease. Additionally, equally well known is the traditional, and active distrust of government, health care professionals and institutions, and science-based information by a significant number of African Americans. Once again, the specter of the Tuskegee Syphilis Study, the experience of Henrietta Lacks, and other examples complicate the contemporary response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Trusted Resources


DC.GOV is a reliable source for Coronavirus related information and up to date health guidelines for anyone living in the Washington Metropolitan area.

Contact Tracing

Learn the importance of contact tracing and how it affects outcomes in our community.


Face Mask Guidelines

Face masks are an essential tool for fighting COVID-19. Learn why and how to wear a mask properly.


Guidance on Returning to Healthcare Visits

A message to patients regarding returning to ambulatory care with your physician, dentist and other health professionals.


Faith and Community Resources

Faith Community Guidelines

Resources to help faith leaders advise and respond to the Coronavirus.


Pastoral Care Tips

Important information and guidance for faith leaders from faith leaders. Contains additional resources and tips for  serving and communicating with your congregation during the Coronavirus Pandemic.


Faith Over Fear : How Lessons from HIV are Informing COVID-19 Response

Faith Over Fear is a live webinar featuring diverse faith leaders from around the country. They will be discussing lessons learned from the HIV pandemic as it relates  COVID-19.

COVID Talks And Beyond: The Black Church Edition

Tips For Assisting Churches And Parents With Decentralized Education


Emergency Food Relief During COVID-19

DC Greens: COVID-19 Food Access Resources 

DC Greens has a wonderful resource list that provides numerous resources for those in need.


Contact Us to Join the Fight Against COVID-19!

If you are a community leader or want to be a member of the coalition, we would love to hear from you! Let's team up in the fight against the Coronavirus!

Meet Our Team of Community Leaders

We want to help you stay informed about COVID-19!

Jehan El-Bayoumi, M.D.

Jehan El-Bayoumi, M.D., F.A.C.P.

Physician and Founding Director of the Rodham Institute

Dr. El-Bayoumi received her BS and MD degrees from the University of Michigan before completing her Internal Medicine Residency and Chief Residency at The George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences.  She then joined the faculty at GW and is an Academic General Internist.  Her career focus has been on Medical Education and she had been the Internal Medicine Clerkship Director for 5 years before serving as the Program Director of the IM Residency for 15 years.  In 2013, she established the Rodham Institute, named for her late patient Mrs. Dorothy Rodham, which is dedicated to improving health equity in Washington DC.

Edwin C. Chapman M.D.

Edwin C. Chapman M.D.

Addiction Medicine Specialist

EDWIN C. CHAPMAN, Sr., M.D. has practiced in Washington, DC for over 40 years specializing in Internal Medicine and Addiction Medicine and is an adjunct assistant professor in the Howard University Department of Behavioral Health and Psychiatry.


Dr. Benjamin F. Chavis, Jr

Dr. Benjamin F. Chavis, Jr

Minister, Author, Entrepreneur

Dr. Benjamin F. Chavis, Jr., author, international entrepreneur, chemist, ordained minister, PBS TV producer-host, and global podcast host is an African American Civil Rights Movement 60-year veteran leader and icon. He is currently President and CEO of the National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA), representing the Black Press of America, based in Washington, DC.


Angela Owens Clark

Angela Owens Clark

Business and Community leader

Angela Owens Clark: writer; former TV journalist; former member, station management team, NBC owned station, Washington, D. C.


Melissa Clarke M.D.

Melissa Clarke M.D.

Physician and Health Educator

Dr. Melissa E. Clarke is a pioneering leader in population health and patient advocacy. A Harvard-educated Emergency Medicine physician, she works at 3M as a Physician Consultant for Healthcare Transformation. Dr Clarke is an author, health empowerment speaker, and medical contributor on nationally syndicated radio, who is using her platform for health equity, community education and advocacy in the COVID 19 epidemic and beyond.

Reverend Dr. Kendrick E. Curry

Reverend Dr. Kendrick E. Curry

Pastor, The Pennsylvania Avenue Baptist Church, Washington, DC

Reverend Dr. Kendrick E. Curry has pastored the Pennsylvania Avenue Baptist Church (PABC) in Washington, DC for 17 years. He earned a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Prairie View A&M University and an M.S. and Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Michigan—Ann Arbor. He also earned a Master of Divinity from Virginia Union University, and has completed advanced studies in theology at Northern Theological Seminary. Rev. Curry has a passion to transform challenged East of the River communities and the DC at-large. As such, he has partnered MBI Health Services to deliver a day-treatment, mental health program at PABC. Additionally, he serves on Board of Directors for the DC Water and Sewer Authority, Education Forward DC, and AARP DC State Office, where he is currently the State President. Rev. Curry is married to Rev. Karen Curry and they have two children, Keyona and Kendrick II.


Joni Eisenberg, MPH

Joni Eisenberg, MPH

Public Health Advocate, Community Radio Host  WPFW 89.3FM Jazz & Justice

Joni Eisenberg, MPH, a lifelong public health advocate, has hosted and produced a weekly program on WPFW 89.3FM Jazz & Justice Pacifica Radio (“To Heal DC”)  since 1992.  She’s been active in DC community health issues for 40 years, has worked in DC’s health department for decades and served on the front lines at the height of DC’s AIDS epidemic with Dr Reed Tuckson. She is passionate about encouraging participation  from cross sections of the community (youth, musicians, poets, seniors, labor, health professionals, low income, healthy food advocates) to mobilize for health equity. As a young person, she helped coordinate the national office of Medical Committee for Human Rights (MCHR) in Pittsburgh, where she was mentored by the legendary physician Dr Paul Cornely (HU), and other medical workers committed to health justice.


Lisa Fitzpatrick M.D.


Lisa Fitzpatrick M.D.

Public Health Advocate and Former Chief Medical Officer of DC Medicaid

Dr. Lisa Fitzpatrick is a physician, CDC-trained medical epidemiologist and former Chief Medical Officer for DC Medicaid. She is an adjunct clinical professor at the George Washington University School of Medicine and a professorial lecturer in the School of Public Health.


Marie Johns

Marie Johns

Business Leader and Community Advocate

Marie Johns, CEO of PPC Leftwich, has been a leader in the business and civic sectors of Washington DC for over 30 years, including chair of City First Bank of DC, trustee of Howard University and immediate past chair of the DC Chamber of Commerce.

Ambrose Lane Jr

Ambrose Lane Jr

Public Health Activist and Community Leader

Ambrose Lane, Jr. is a known long-time activist and community builder in the District of Columbia.  Over 25 years of leadership experience as an effective organizer and executive, working directly with youth, elected officials, community leaders and businesses. He is an institution builder and specialist on organizational development, including board development, infrastructure analysis and organization, program assessment and strengthening, entrepreneurship strategies, and development.  He is the original author of legislation creating the DC Youth Advisory Council, was instrumental in creating the youth non-voting position on the school boards of Washington, DC and Howard County, MD, is the founder and creator of DC’s largest youth advocacy organization, the DC Alliance of Youth Advocates, is a former COO of the Marshall Heights Community Development Organization, and in 2014, was the Campaign Manager for the DC Council At-large candidate Rev. Graylan Hagler. In late 2013, Mr. Lane organized and founded the Health Alliance Network, a.k.a. the Ward 7 Health Alliance Network, the strongest and largest DC community health advocacy group, to advocate for residents of poor and low-income communities in Wards 5, 7 & 8, the issues of health equity, population health policy, chronic disease prevention strategies and the need for a “change in community health culture” to bring about healthy and thriving communities.  He has assisted in the writing of past DC Council health legislation and current pending legislation on Health Impact Assessments (HIA’s). In 2019, Mr. Lane was again selected by DC Mayor Muriel Bowser to serve a second term as a Commissioner for the DC Commission on Health Equity. He was recently named the Health Committee Chair for the DC Democratic Black Caucus.  Mr. Lane is a current Master Trainer for both of Stanford University’s Diabetes and Chronic Disease Management Programs, is a past Chairman of the DC Department of Health’s (DOH) Chronic Disease City-wide Collaborative, and is involved in the Healthy Youth and Schools Commission, the Cancer Action Partnership, and the recently formed Birth to 3 Coalition. Born in Pittsburgh, PA, Mr. Lane attended Howard University, is a Ward 7 resident, is the father of four children, and is married to Dr. Nura Green Lane.

Reverend Adora Iris Lee

Reverend Adora Iris Lee, MPH, MDiv

Minister, Global Health Consultant

Reverend Adora Iris Lee is an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ where she advocated on racial and health justice issues. She served as the denomination’s first Minister of Environmental Justice and helped to co-author the landmark study, Toxic Wastes and Race. Rev. Lee is a Yale-educated public health specialist with over 30 years of experience implementing HIV/AIDS, women's economic empowerment, and community health initiatives in the United States and Southern Africa.

Joe Leonard, Jr., PhD

Joe Leonard, Jr., PhD

Director, Howard University Community Association

Leonard's life has been a commitment to social justice concerns.  He has worked in various capacities for the Rainbow/PUSH Coalition, the Black Leadership Forum, the Congressional Black Caucus, and the Obama administration at USDA. Recently, he has worked for the executive office of the Mayor of Washington, DC, and currently, Leonard is the Director of the Howard University Community Association.  The unifying thread is his career is direct social advocacy on behalf of the most vulnerable persons in American society.


Kim Michelle Lewis PhD

 Kim Michelle Lewis PhD


Dr. Kim Michelle Lewis is the Associate Dean for Research, Graduate Programs, and Natural Sciences in the College of Arts and Sciences at Howard University.  She is a native of New Orleans, Louisiana, a physicist, and participates in community outreach efforts.  Dr. Lewis leads the BCAC-19 Message Formulators, Design, and Test Team.

Rubin Patterson PhD

Rubin Patterson PhD

Dean, College of Arts and Sciences Howard University

Dr. Rubin Patterson is Dean of Howard University's College of Arts and Sciences.  He is a sociologist and an environmental justice scholar and advocate.


Reverend Frank D. Tucker

Reverend Frank D. Tucker

Senior Pastor of First Baptist Church in the District of Columbia,

Rev. Dr. Frank D. Tucker is the Senior Pastor of First Baptist Church in the District of Columbia, Chairman of The Leadership Council for Healthy Communities (LCHC); and the Chair of the Black Leadership Commission on AIDS of DC and Vicinity (BLCA).
An advocate for health reform, he champions the efforts of programs and services which address health disparities for African Americans and other minorities throughout the Washington metropolitan area.
Reed Tuckson M.D.

Reed Tuckson M.D.

Former Commissioner of Public Health for The District of Columbia

Reed Tuckson M.D. is a multigenerational Washingtonian who was privileged to serve as his hometown’s Commissioner of Public Health during the height of the HIV/Aids epidemic where he learned to respect the importance of collaborating with community
leaders and residents to advance health.

Josh Williams

Josh N. Williams

President of the Metropolitan Washington Council, AFL-CIO,

Josh N. Williams is the first African-American President of the Metropolitan Washington Council, AFL-CIO, having been first elected in 1982 and re-elected every three years since. Formerly, he had been the Director of AFSCME Council 26, representing federal employees.