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Savannah Black Nurses Association
Since our beginning in 1987, the SBNA has been actively involved in the community forming collaborative partnerships to impact not only the health of African Americans, but also that of the underserved populations in our region. In particular, we have offered our assistance with health screenings and health education to improve awareness of major health issues. 

Some of our partnerships and community involvements to date have included: 

  • American Red Cross (teaching HIV/AIDS awareness in Chatham and Effingham Counties in Georgia and Beaufort County in South Carolina)
  • Anheuser Busch, Inc. Community Health Screenings (with the NAACP, National Urban League, Prince Hall Shriners, the National Optometric Association, and the Georgia Sickle Cell Association) – the SBNA received a proclamation from the City of Savannah for its efforts)
  • the Black Male Coalition 
  • MLK Observance Day Association – MLK Blood Drive
  • Frank Callen Boy’s Club
  • Collier McDougall Health Coalition (May Street YMCA)
  • American Cancer Society
  • Community Cardiovascular Council
  • Emory University’s HIV Annual Training and Outreach
  • Black Heritage Festival (health fair)
  • Curtis V. Cooper (health fair) at Savannah State University 
  • The Salvation Army
  • Wesley Community Center
  • International Longshoremen’s Association (local 1414)
  • BET Women’s Health Symposium (2008)
  • ‘Paint the Town Pink’ activities – in partnership with St. Joseph’s/Candler Health System 
  • Armstrong Atlantic State University’s Nursing Workforce Development Program (recognizing two Chapter members as End of Life Nursing Consortium Certified Train the Trainers)
  • Williams Court Apartments (annual ‘Diabetes Day’)

This goal of educating and empowering others is a major imperative for the SBNA so they become proactive about their health and realize a healthier and more fulfilling lifestyle. Mentoring nurses that embrace community service has always been a source of pride for SBNA as it strengthens the core values of our nursing profession .

Other milestones for our Chapter have included: 

  • 1988 – first community workshop given for the public (at Memorial University Medical Center in Savannah)
  • 1989 – first Martin Luther King Blood Drive held
  • 1989 – first SBNA Awards Banquet held (continues as an annual event today)
  • 1994 – Became a Charter Member of the National Black Nurses Association (NBNA)
  • January, 1996 – our Bone Marrow Donation Program was incorporated 
  • January, 1996 – first grant awarded for SBNA
  • January, 1997 – SBNA became incorporated

In addition to clinical outreach initiatives, our SBNA Chapter has also provided compassionate assistance to needy families each Thanksgiving and Christmas by preparing and distributing baskets. 


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