BUR is a state-wide advocacy and policy development network for Blacks and African Americans seeking recovery from mental health, trauma and substance use related challenges.
Community Advisory Council Meetings
Blacks United in Recovery (BUR) is holding regular meetings for Blacks from the Dorchester, Roxbury and Mattapan areas. Go to Statewide Calendar for meeting information.
Help decision-makers better understand what individuals and families need and want to improve their mental health and improve access to healthcare services that work. Participants attending a Community Advisory Committee meeting once each month will receive a $20 VISA gift card. Minimum 2 month commitment desired.
IF you are Black in Dorchester, Roxbury or Mattapan and concerned about healthcare and policy (as a community leader, a person with lived experience of recovery from mental health issues, trauma or addiction or a friend or family member of someone with lived experience) YOU are invited to join healthcare researchers and policy makers to affect change in healthcare practices and public policy for both providers and people served. This project will run from February to October 2018.
Why African Americans may be more wary of research and medicine than your average person
Many of us in the peer support and mental health recovery movement work to share our voices and experiences to educate others, encourage one another, and contribute to future policy development. One of our long-standing mottoes is “nothing about us, without us!”
Toward that end, The Transformation Center is partnering with researchers from Cambridge Health Alliance and Mass General who are working with us with integrity so that policy makers, medical providers and other stakeholders can learn more about what brown and black people need for greater wellness and increased access to medical care.
For many African Americans however, the topic of our participation in medical research has a long horrifying history. During this Black History month, let us remember those men and women who were forced against their will or without their knowledge, to give their bodies, minds and lives in the name of medical science.
The Racist History of American Medicine Video at Top Buzz
The Pipeline2Proposal (P2P) Community Advisory Council is funded by a grant from the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute. For a description of the project go to PCORI link. The grant helps The Transformation Center work toward the elimination of healthcare disparities by inviting Blacks to voice what is and what isn’t working in terms of their communities’ mental health needs and explores potential research questions that could make a difference locally.
2nd BUR Celebration and Forum
“From Surviving to Thriving” was held November 21, 2017 – A day of interactive workshops for those who identified as Black or African American and related to emotional health, addictions or trauma issues. 2017 Forum Flyer and Agenda
1st BUR Celebration and Forum
“Witnessing The Power Of Connection: Facilitating Healing From Racism, Isolation, Marginalization, Trauma, Addictions, Violence & Emotional Dis(Stress)” was held November 12, 2015 in Dorchester, MA. It was an historic gathering of people who identify as African American or Black and have experienced racism or marginalization, violence, severe emotional distress, trauma or substance use challenges. 2015 Forum & Celebration Flyer
Call or email Valeria to share your experiences of peer support and learn about upcoming Blacks United in Recovery events and opportunities for advocacy.
98 Magazine St.
Roxbury, MA, 02119
(617) 442-4111 ext 322
Toll Free: (877) 769-7693
Fax: (617) 442-4005
The Transformation Center strives to make events and spaces accessible to all. This includes (but is not limited to) avoiding the use of scented products as much as possible, using wheelchair accessible spaces, and scheduling interpreters and groups in other languages (adapted from Western MA RLC Guiding Principles).
For more information please see “About Chemical & Scent Sensitivity” including ways to reduce your use of scents.