The Village P.r.o.j.e.c.t.s recently became a member of The California Partnership for Access to Treatment (CPAT). CPAT members are "committed to ensuring a healthy and productive California and would like to keep informed about critical issues involving access to treatment in California." The Village P.r.o.j.e.ct.s is a consistent voice for health and education access particularly in African-American Communities. Founder, Dr. Gloria Willingham-Toure' RN states: "We want to form more connections with groups such as The CPAT. It is important that we bring African-American consumer voices into discussions on access issues. It is equally important that as much information as possible gets to our communities in a meaningful way. Ultimately this will serve as another strategy to increase the numbers of African-American nurses and other health professions. We must see the need even beyond our everyday work. We invite other groups and individuals who share our mission and vision to join with us."
The Village P.r.o.j.e.c.t.s is no stranger to discussions and issues involving healthcare access and nursing. The group was represented as a member of California Institute for Nursing and Healthcare in the Development of Strategies for Increasing Diversity in the California Nursing Workforce in 2007. This led to a hosting of its first "Building Community, Promoting Health Conference" hosted by The Village P.r.o.j.e.c.t.s at the California Center For Healthy Communities. The group is now moving forward with a follow-up Conference and Retreat in October, 2013 and March, 2014. The goal is to have a measurable increase in African-American Community-based participation in health related issues by 2014. See www.villageprojects.net for additional information.
See http://www.caaccess.org for additional information about CPAT.