5th United States Conference on African Immigrant Health

October 5 - 8, 2017

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, Washington DC - Crystal City


About Us

We are here, now what?

That is what disenfranchisement and abandonment sound and feel like with new, displaced, refugee, border, territorial, and other racial/ethnic marginalized communities where the duration of residency can be generations long but has not brought security, safety, and access to resources – a feeling of belonging.

AEIMForward is a pathway, a purpose, and a direction for three Health professional women of color to share their stories, gifts, and skills with and bring healing and solutions to so many of our Black and Latino peoples in need of one site to go to in finding culturally and linguistically sensitive resources and assistance. Our shared vision brings in all of the social, geographic, economic, legal, environmental, and political determinants of health that we collectively live within and which accounts for why so many of us fall between the cracks and receive less than the quality of health care advice to help us live longer and stronger.

AEIMForward is a voice, a heart, a mission, a place where hope lives. AEIMForward is where we can all share the resources we need to make our communities feel at home, safe, healthy and secure.

What Population Do We Serve

According to the Presidential Memorandum, “Creating Welcoming Communities and Fully Integrating Immigrants and Refugees,” nearly 40 million foreign-born residents nationwide contribute to their communities every day, including 3 million refugees who have resettled here since 1975.

These new Americans significantly improve our economy; making up 13 percent of the population while being over 16 percent of the labor force and starting 28 percent of all new businesses. Moreover, immigrants or their children have founded more than 40 percent of Fortune 500 companies, which collectively employ over 10 million people worldwide and generate annual revenues of $4.2 trillion.

Immigrants from Africa constitute a diverse and rapidly increasing population in the United States. The number of African immigrants in the United States was estimated at 2.1 million in 2015 (up from 880,000 in 2000) or about 4.8 percent of the total foreign-born population in the United States. According to U.S. Census data, the African foreign-born population more than doubled in size between 2000 and 2013, half of which are naturalized U.S. citizens. When compared with other major groups who arrived in the U.S. in the past five years, Africans had the fastest growth rate from 2000 to 2013, increasing by 41% during that period. (Africans are also a fast-growing segment of the black immigrant population in the U.S., increasing by 137% from 2000 to 2013).  Nigeria, Ethiopia, Egypt, Ghana, and Kenya are the leading countries of birth for foreign-born persons from Africa in the U.S  More.......

What We Do

  • Bridge Science, Policy and Practice to Address Health-Related Problems in Health Compare Disparities in Populations and New Immigrants with Evidence-Based Solutions
  • Build Workforce Capacity and Opportunities That Can Improve Community Health
  • Develop and Utilize New Technologies and Media Development and Utilization to Promote Effective Communication Strategies
  • Engage New Partnerships and Networks That Sustain Programs and Communities
  • Evaluate and Disseminate the Impact of Health Initiatives, Programs, and Investments
  • Promote Community Engagement and Leadership Development

Fostering Ties in the Community

AEIMForward works to build community understanding and capacity to serve the health-related needs of new immigrant communities in order to create and enhance health care access and ultimately positive health outcomes. We work to foster public awareness and involvement to inform and transform action that will create partnerships that promote positive health outcomes for new communities.

Our organization works on the national, state and local levels to promote awareness, programming, policy, and practices that improve the lives of new Americans of color, specifically African and Hispanic immigrants. We also aim to identify cultural disparity in our health care systems.