Is it the disadvantaged communities’ CBO’s serve with little resources? Is it the government which has proven to work, yet face their own internal challenges? Would it fall upon the shoulders of those who have greater opportunities at success, individuals….corporations? Should we look to the philanthropic community to provide support based on their missions as it relates to their investments? Further, if these are viable options then who manages how all of these entities provide equitable support?

In the Black community, we must begin to have honest conversations on our pneumonia status. We must truly acknowledge that our institutions and programs are suffering. We must enlighten the community-at-large with information that aids in explaining how and why we’re suffering. In that, we must identify the relevance of CBO’s, what they stand for and more importantly, what would the community look like without these organizations.

Editor’s Note: Bernadette Turner is executive director of Addison Behavioral Care, a nonprofit organization providing culturally sensitive services to families and individuals, helping them improve their quality of life, specializing in substance abuse prevention, intervention and treatment. Learn more about Addison at

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