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

We want to wish men across the world who are Fathers or Father-Figures a blessed 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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The women👭🏽 🧗🏽‍♀️ in this world have done soooo much for the world! We at the Health, Hope, & Hip-Hop Foundation say THANK YOU and we hope you are enjoying your day!

HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY!

#blackmothers #mothers #mothersday #healthhopehiphop #hiphopehooray #mpower
At the 2nd Biannual Precision Medicine Conference in Hollywood, FL check out this snippet of Mark A. Harris view on survivorship.

Props to @sylvestercancer and staff for organizing this event!

#healthhopehiphop #hiphopehooray #mpower #precisionmedicine
They ask how we plan to infuse hip-hop and health literacy...

LET ME CLEAR MY THROAT...

#hiphopehooray #healthhopehiphop #mpower #blackhealth
#wegottachange #gamechanger
I got a chance to present along side my homie Dr. Joseph Mikhael at the 15th Annual @imfmyeloma International Myeloma Foundation Gala. 

This Gala is to support the Peter Boyle from “Everybody Loves Raymond” Research Fund’s initiative for the advancement of myeloma research, education and advocacy. It was also an event to recognize other institutions who have contributed immensely to improving health equity in #multiplemyeloma.

I got a chance to show Johnson & Johnson Innovative Medicine President, U.S. Hematology, Tyrone Brewer and the #ThatsMyWordMM campaign some luv❤️! He was presented with the DEI Award and here’s my speech.

I hope I repped my fellow MM patient advocates well!👊🏾

#oncology #imf #myeloma #mpower #healthhopehiphop
This was last December at the International Myeloma Work Group breakfast. The seats are empty in this photo now, but moments later they were filled with some of the smartest people in the world who were sharing cutting- edge Multiple Myeloma science for the first time. 

We snapped this photo before the magic began because it was a no-camera's allowed event -- the information being shared was "super classified" -- until it wasn't.
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#multiplemyeloma #bloodcancer #cancersurvivor #healthliteracy #lowhealthliteracy #healthcaredisparities #africanamerican #blackamerican #underservedcommunities #healthhopehiphop #hiphope #hiphopehooray #IMF #InternationalMyelomaFoundation #hiphop #hiphopmusic #hiphopculture #grandg #cancersupportgroup #hope #myelomaawareness #patientadvocacy
Hope and advocacy are intrinsically linked.🔗

Oya says, "When I advocate, the people I encounter often say how inspiring I am to to them... But in reality, they are giving me hope."

Hope goes both ways. But actionable hope requires connections.
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#multiplemyeloma #bloodcancer #cancersurvivor #healthliteracy #lowhealthliteracy #healthcaredisparities #africanamerican #blackamerican #underservedcommunities #healthhopehiphop #hiphope #hiphopehooray #IMF #InternationalMyelomaFoundation #hiphop #hiphopmusic #hiphopculture #grandg #cancersupportgroup #hope #myelomaawareness #patientadvocacy
How can healthcare and biopharma meet patients where they are? 

Our Founder Oya Gilbert joined host Maria Whitman to discuss his journey as a multiple myeloma patient and launching the Health, Hope and Hip-Hop Foundation, which aims to use hip-hop culture to promote health literacy in underserved communities. 

Listen now: https://loom.ly/xbjZ56w

#zspodcast #healthhopehiphop #myeloma #mpower #hiphopehooray #multiplemyeloma #bloodcancer #cancersurvivor #healthliteracy #lowhealthliteracy #healthcaredisparities #africanamerican #blackamerican #underservedcommunities #hiphope #IMF #InternationalMyelomaFoundation #hiphop #hiphopmusic #hiphopculture #grandg #cancersupportgroup #hope #myelomaawareness #patientadvocacy
In a recent podcast interview, host Maria Whitman asked Oya Gilbert:

"How can pharma improve the journey for Black Americans?
What's the biggest advice you can give them?"

And he said... "I know they're doing a lot, but really take a hard look at your internal policies..."

So, pharma... don't be so BLACK and WHITE in your thinking, and EASY on the RED tape ❣️. 

If we want to improve outcomes for Black Americans we MUST improve diversity in clinical trials... 

Today only 2% of participants are Black. 👊🏾

Find a clinical trial in your hood:

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#multiplemyeloma #bloodcancer #cancersurvivor #healthliteracy #lowhealthliteracy #healthcaredisparities #africanamerican #blackamerican #underservedcommunities #healthhopehiphop #hiphope #hiphopehooray #IMF #InternationalMyelomaFoundation #hiphop #hiphopmusic #hiphopculture #grandg #cancersupportgroup #hope #myelomaawareness #patientadvocacy
While attending the @Pfizer "End of the Year Advocacy Event" in NYC our Founder Oya Gilbert had an opportunity to hangout with some of the 🎼 Health, Hope & Hip-Hop Foundation🎵 Advisory Board members.

Honoring and sharing camaraderie with other advocates is always special! 

Look at all that 💧SWAG right here!!!
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#multiplemyeloma #bloodcancer #cancersurvivor #healthliteracy #lowhealthliteracy #healthcaredisparities #africanamerican #blackamerican #underservedcommunities #healthhopehiphop #hiphope #hiphopehooray #IMF #InternationalMyelomaFoundation #hiphop #hiphopmusic #hiphopculture #grandg #cancersupportgroup #hope #myelomaawareness #patientadvocacy