NCBON Community Reception

A Celebration of Community and Culture

The NCBON Community Reception is a celebration of culture and community held every year during the American Public Health Association (APHA) Annual Meeting. Each year, it is co–hosted by a Community–Based Organization (CBO) located in the city where the APHA Annual Meeting is held.

Attendees have the opportunity to get out of the convention center area and into the neighborhoods and other historic areas, to meet community members and learn about local activism to solve health issues.

The primary purpose of the reception is to honor the work of local heroes by recognizing and celebrating the incredible, yet often unheralded, public health work of community leaders everywhere. Thus in each community we pay special attention to the host city’s CBOs, acknowledging them as “Unsung Heroes.”

This year's 17th annual reception takes place Virtually via Zoom, October Sunday 24, 2021, from 6:00 - 8:30 p.m. Please visit the registration page HERE to RSVP and consider making a donation to preserve this tradition. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Past Reception Co–Hosts and Honorees:

2010 Denver, Colorado
Co–Host: Center for African American Health
Honorees: Taking Neighborhood Health to Heart and the Center for African American Health

2009 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Co–Host: The Health Annex
Honorees: Congreso de Latinos Unidos; Institute for the Development of African American Youth, Inc.; Southeast Asian Mutual Assistance Association Coalition, Inc.; ACANA; Total Commitment; SWAC; ACHIEVEability; Healthy Start; Health Promotion Council; Spectrum Health Services; Ase Academy; Health Annex; PARCC; and The National Nursing Centers Consortium

2008 San Diego, CA
Co–Host: Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation
Honorees: The Market Creek Community (Coalition of Neighborhood Councils; Pazzaz Inc; Neighborhood Unity Foundation; Family Health Centers of San Diego; Elementary Institute of Science); San Diego PRC Community Engagement Committee (Casa Familiar/Villa Nueva Apartments Social Services Agency; Council member Ben Hueso’s Office; San Diego County Department of Health and Human Services; Southern Division San Ysidro Health Center/ Familias Sanas y Activas Promotora; San Ysidro School District; City of Chula Vista, Department of Recreation; MAAC Project)

2007 Washington, DC
Co–Host: Developing Families Center
Honorees: The Family Health and Birth Center; the Healthy Babies Project; the United Planning Organization; Trinidad Concerned Citizens for Reform

2006 Boston, MA
Co–Host: Center for Community Health Education Research and Service (CCHERS)
Honorees: Boston Black Women’s Health Initiative; Close to Home; Committee for Boston Public Housing; Critical MASS