My Brother’s Keeper, Inc. (MBK) is a private, nonprofit, 501(c) (3) organization with three offices in the Jackson, MS metropolitan area, (headquarters in Ridgeland) and two offices on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. MBK’s mission is to reduce health disparities throughout the United States by enhancing the health and well being of minority and marginalized populations through leadership in public and community health practices, collaboration and partnerships.
History of My Brother’s Keeper, Inc.
MBK was first established in 1999 by, Dr. Mark Anthony Colomb, as a nascent entity dedicated to the prevention, care, and treatment of persons infected with the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). MBK’s HIV prevention services focused on designing and delivering an innovative range of educational and training programs in public health, social policy, action research, information technology, advocacy, coalition development and capacity building. Through its extensive experience, MBK built its commitment to HIV prevention among racial and ethnic minority populations as evident through its service to over 15,000 constituents, nationwide, who represent CBOs, FBOs, IHLs, and community lay persons.
As it exists today, MBK is an experienced community-based organization (CBO) working to eliminate health disparities among underserved, uninsured/underinsured and, other vulnerable populations through health education, health promotion, policy and environmental systems changes, and other health equity approaches. MBK’s efforts have expanded to include a wealth of health issues, including cardiovascular disease, diabetes, hypertension, obesity, and cancer, which has systemically transformed MBK from a grassroots organization into a community-based leader that strives to change the health status of Americans one community at a time.