MISSION DRIVEN

Our Why

Black Americans carry a disproportionate cancer burden, including the highest mortality rates from most cancers, and slowest time to diagnosis of any other race.

Not only are Black Americans 41% more likely to die from cancer, they top the charts in heart disease, diabetes, and obesity too.  

Low health literacy is a big part of the problem.

We're bringing health literacy to the streets

Black Americans need to be empowered with effective health literacy so they can seek the healthcare access and timely intervention they need and deserve.

We aim to educate people in their local communities, with voices they know and trust.

We're eliminating road blocks and barriers to success

Healthcare disparities like lack of insurance, limited access, historical injustices, and implicit racial bias keep many People of Color from seeking essential or even basic medical care.

We're fostering prevention and self-advocacy

We must engage Communities of Color at the grass roots level, and establish collaborative partnerships that will drive health literacy and create lasting change.

Black people of all ages

THE SOLUTION

Hit the Streets

We’re gearing up to launch a series of block parties in some of America’s largest urban communities and harness the power of hip-hop music and its culture to empower people to seek and receive the healthcare they need and deserve.

Together with community partners, the Health, Hope & Hip-Hop Foundation is creating a model to educate and inspire Black Americans in their neighborhoods with a goal of creating measurable and lasting change.

OUR PROGRAMS

Powered by Hip-Hop

Health, Hope & Hip-Hop

LOCAL BLOCK PARTIES

Urban street parties in underserved communities that combine hip-hop culture with trusted experts to empower health literacy

Hip Hope Hooray!

PODCAST SERIES

A series for survivors featuring Grand G and special guests, who've all been touched by serious illness and perservered

Betterment Productions Logo

PRODUCTION COMPANY

A vehicle to produce and distribute hip-hop collaborations featuring legends and up-and-coming local artists

HOW YOU CAN HELP

Join the Party

GIVE

Donate Now

Help us to bring essential health literacy programs and resources to communities in need.

VOLUNTEER

Get Involved

Join a Block Party Planning team in your community and make a difference in your own backyard.

FUND

Partner with Us

Fund our initiatives by providing a grant or sponsoring a program that aligns with your company’s goals.

We are grateful to our homies for supporting our mission and vision

These underserved communities represent real people with real lives, dreams, and families. These disparities are a constant reminder of the systemic injustices and inequalities that exist in our healthcare system, disproportionately affecting those who are already marginalized and vulnerable. 

Behind every statistic is a human being's story of struggle, resilience, and hope for a better and healthier future. Let's stop talking and do something!
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🤜🏾THIS GUY🤛🏾

I had the wonderful opportunity to meet Dr. Robert Winn at the AACR Cancer Disparity Progress Report 2024 opening dinner ceremony. Didn't know a lot about him until this evening. Our 1:1 conversation was filled with great ideas and plenty of hip-hop. 

Learned a lot MC Winn-Winn!💪🏾
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When sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity intersect with Black folks and healthcare, it can result in devastating consequences, including higher rates of chronic illnesses, lower life expectancies, and increased mortality rates. 

Addressing these issues requires a commitment to education, awareness, and advocacy to dismantle systemic barriers and biases that hinder Black peoples' access to equitable and quality healthcare. 
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📢New Episode Out Now📢

Multiple Myeloma ain't no joke, Black folks!

A cancer of the bone marrow plasma cells, Myeloma is called “multiple” because there are frequently multiple patches or areas in bone marrow where it grows. It affects black and brown people 2:1 more than whites.

In this episode, four men (three black and one white) come together to discuss the challenges they faced with delayed diagnosis of multiple myeloma and the impact it had on their treatment. They delve into the disparities in healthcare access and quality that often impact the black community, leading to -- you guessed it -- delayed diagnoses and poorer outcomes for black patients with multiple myeloma.

Our guests get personal and share their individual experiences navigating the healthcare system, including encounters with healthcare providers who dismissed their symptoms or failed to recognize the signs of multiple myeloma. They also discuss the importance of advocating for oneself and seeking second opinions when faced with a potential misdiagnosis.

Join us for this enlightening discussion on the impact of delayed diagnosis and disparities in healthcare on the black community.

GUEST LIST:
Michael A. Riotto - Dx: 7/2011
Thomas Goode - Dx: 11/2005
Arthur Marsh - Dx: 1/2024

With your Emcee Oya Gilbert - Dx: 12/2017

LINKS
Health, Hope & Hip-Hop Foundation:
www.healthhopehiphop.org

For more about Multiple Myeloma visit the sites below.

International Myeloma Foundation:
https://www.myeloma.org/

Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Myeloma Link:
https://lnkd.in/gDqHnnq

#hiphopehooray #myeloma #healthhopehiphop
#blackhealth #bloodcancer
Information don't have a color; it transcends all boundaries and barriers, including race, ethnicity, and socioeconomic status. 

It sounds simple... access to vital healthcare information and services should not be determined by the color of one's skin or their background.

Unfortunately health disparities and inequalities are for real. 'Lots of people are trying to fix that. We're working to improve health literacy in cities across the US to ensure that everyone has equal access to information and resources that's gonna save their life.
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From the 19th of June to the break of dawn, we celebrate Juneteenth, the day our ancestors finally cross the finish line of that freedom marathon.🏃🏾‍♂️🏃🏾‍♂️

Let's raise our fist✊🏾 to freedom, liberation, and unity - because on this day, we stand tall and proud as a community. 

#juneteenth2024 #myeloma #hiphopehooray
#healthhopehiphop #freedomday
Multiple Myeloma ain't no joke, Black folks! 

A cancer of the bone marrow plasma cells, Myeloma is called “multiple” because there are frequently multiple patches or areas in bone marrow where it grows. It affects black and brown people 2:1 more than whites.
 
In this episode, four men (three black and one white) come together to discuss the challenges they faced with delayed diagnosis of multiple myeloma and the impact it had on their treatment. They delve into the disparities in healthcare access and quality that often impact the black community, leading to -- you guessed it -- delayed diagnoses and poorer outcomes for black patients with multiple myeloma.

Our guests get personal and share their individual experiences navigating the healthcare system, including encounters with healthcare providers who dismissed their symptoms or failed to recognize the signs of multiple myeloma. They also discuss the importance of advocating for oneself and seeking second opinions when faced with a potential misdiagnosis.

Through candid conversations and personal anecdotes, these men shed light on the systemic barriers that contribute to delayed diagnoses and disparities in treatment for black patients with multiple myeloma. They also provide insights and advice for others facing similar challenges, emphasizing the importance of being proactive in seeking proper medical care and advocating for one's health. Join us for this enlightening discussion on the impact of delayed diagnosis and disparities in healthcare on the black community.
 
GUEST LIST:
Michael A. Riotto - Dx: 7/2011
Thomas Goode - Dx: 11/2005 
Arthur Marsh - Dx: 1/2024

With your Emcee Oya Gilbert - Dx: 12/2017

For more about Multiple Myeloma visit the sites below. 

Health, Hope & Hip-Hop Foundation

International Myeloma Foundation

Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Myeloma Link

#hiphopehooray #myeloma #healthhopehiphop
#blackhealth #bloodcancer
We want to wish men across the world who are Fathers or Father-Figures a blessed and Happy Father’s Day.  #multiplemyeloma #FathersDay2024 #healthhopehiphop #hiphope #hiphopehooray #IMF #InternationalMyelomaFoundation
🚀 Drops Monday Jun 3rd 🚀Hip, Hope, Hooray: Black Men Talking Health. In our season premiere episode on June 3rd, we tackle the question: Why don’t black men go to the doctors? We explore the cultural, historical, and societal factors that contribute to the reluctance of black men to seek medical care. Available on all major podcast platforms. Let’s start the conversation and break the stigma surrounding healthcare for black men. #HipHopeHooray #BlackMenTalkingHealth #healthhopehiphop #HealthcareAwareness 🎧🔊
On this Memorial Day, we’re giving mad respect to all the men and women who’ve laid down their lives for our freedom. 🕊️

We don’t always have to agree with the politics, but we here at #HealthHopeHipHop will always remember their sacrifices and honor their courage.🪖

BIG LOVE to all the military families and veterans out there - your strength and resilience inspires us every single day. 🙏🏿

Stay safe, stay blessed, and let’s continue to keep their legacies alive, not just on calendar holidays. ✊🏾 

#MemorialDay2024 #NeverForget #RespectTheFallen #HonorAndRemember #HipHopPatriots
I am honored and grateful for having the opportunity to be a speaker at the AACR Cancer Disparity Progress Report 2024 Congressional Hearing. It was truly a privilege to share my story and insights on such an important issue that affects so many individuals and communities.

I want to express my appreciation to the American Association for Cancer Research for organizing this crucial event and for providing a platform to address the disparities in cancer care, research and outcomes. By bringing together experts, policymakers, and advocates, we are able to work towards finding solutions and making meaningful progress in the fight against cancer disparities.

Thank you to everyone who attended the hearing and to the other 8 advocates who participated in this moment! 

#CancerDisparitiesReport #hiphopehooray #healthhopehiphop #myeloma
🎙️ Exciting news! Introducing our new podcast, Hip, Hope, Hooray: Black Men Talking Health. Join us as we delve into important conversations about healthcare from the perspective of African-American men.

In our season premiere episode on June 3rd, we tackle the question: Why don't black men go to the doctors? We explore the cultural, historical, and societal factors that contribute to the reluctance of black men to seek medical care. Our guests share their personal experiences and insights, shedding light on this important issue.

Tune in to Hip, Hope, Hooray: Black Men Talking Health to hear authentic and informative discussions that will inspire and empower our community to prioritize their health and well-being. Don't miss out on this eye-opening and thought-provoking episode! 

Available on all major podcast platforms. Let's start the conversation and break the stigma surrounding healthcare for black men. 

#HipHopeHooray #BlackMenTalkingHealth #HealthcareAwareness 🎧🔊
Excited and honored to speak at Capitol Hill as we released the AACR Cancer Disparities Progress Report 2024! This report addresses many issues concerning the need for equitable access to cancer care and treatment for all communities. Together, we can make a difference in the fight against cancer disparities. More to come!

#healthhopehiphop #CancerDisparitiesReport
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