Founded in 2006 by a small group dedicated to making a change in the Aurora, IL community, The Aurora African American Health Coalition's (AAAHCs) mission is to empower and educate the African American community about health issues and healthy choices. Over the years, AAAHC has now grown in membership and provides programs, events, and services in Kane, Kendall, and DuPage Counties.
For almost 15 years, AAAHC has served as a key organization for building collaborative partnerships to address pressing community health problems. The main focus of the organization is health education and promotion and connecting the community to available resources. The organization has partnered with other community-based organizations, local hospitals, local health departments, and federally qualified health centers (FQHCs) to host regular public health events, programs, and speaker series include an annual African American Health Fair.
The desire to address the disparities in our community, lies heavily in our membership. We are an organization that includes individuals from all walks of life that are deeply vested in the health of the community. We also have a members that are healthcare providers and public health professionals. The combined expertise of our organization allows us to examine challenges from multiple perspectives and truly engage in systems thinking and we work towards equity in access and quality of care for African Americans.
Our vision is to eliminate health disparities in the African American community by using a holistic approach that promotes physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual health.
Meet The Board
Cynthia Miller graduated with a MS in Education and Social Sciences from the University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa. She currently works in STEM programs, helping children realize their love for all things science, technology, engineering and math. A proud member of Delta Sigma Theta, she has been a member of AAAHC since 2010 and has been president of the organization since 2019.
Elaine graduated with a BS in nursing from Fitchburg State College in Massachusetts. She is presently the RN Coordinator-Clinical Programs, Community Health for AMITA Mercy Medical Center’s Health Institute, a position she has held since 2005. She has been a member of the AAAHC since 2006 and has overseen health screenings at the annual health fairs.
Uche Onwuta graduated with a MPH from the University of Illinois at Chicago. She is presently the Director of Health Promotion at the Kane County Health Department. As a trained epidemiologist, Uche has been with the health department in various roles since 1998. She has been a member of the AAAHC since 2006 and plays an integral role in planning the annual health fairs.