Founded in 1989, the AAHC is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization governed by a Board of Directors and managed by the President and CEO, Corliss McKeever, MSW.

The African American Health Coalition began as an alliance of individuals, agencies, and organizations working together to address the health issues faced by African Americans in Portland, Oregon.

The work of the AAHC is undertaken with the firm belief that promoting and improving health among African Americans is best achieved through interventions that build capacity, and that strengthen, empower, and sustain healthy lifestyles among African Americans.

Our Staff


Corliss McKeever, MSW

President and Chief Executive Officer

Corliss McKeever, MSW is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the African American Health Coalition, Inc. (AAHC) a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting and improving wellness among African Americans in Portland, Oregon through health education, advocacy, and research. The AAHC serves as one of the primary advocates for improving the health of the African American population in Oregon and is the only community-based organization that focuses exclusively on black health.


Makda Berhane

Administrative Assistant

Born and raised in Ethiopia.
Tri-lingual: English, Amharic and Tigrigna.
Relocated in USA in 2002.

Ms. Berhane has been the Administrative Assistant, at the African American Health Coalition, Inc., (AAHC) since November 2014. She is a hard-working, faithful, dedicated employee, with a deep appreciation of how the AAHC continually creates opportunities, to the improve the health status and quality of life for the African American Community living in the Portland Metropolitan Statistical Area.


Marsha Jordan

Program Manager

Marsha Jordan was Born and raised in Portland Oregon. She is the granddaughter of Dr. Norval Unthank, Portland’s first African American Physician.

Mrs. Jordan has been involved with the African American Health Coalition, Inc. (AAHC). since 2000. Initially, as a community member volunteering in the planning process for the Reach (CDC) Grant. Once the REACH Program was funded, Ms. Jordan became one of the lead hair-stylists who functioned as “Community Health Educators,” in the AAHC Health Promotion/Practice program “Looking Tight Living Right; A Beauty-Barber Intervention.”

The African American Health Coalition’s numerous awards include:

  • Community Partner of Excellence in 2008
  • Spirit of Portland award for “Non-Profit of the Year in 2006″
  • The Skanner: Rev. John H. Jackson Award in 2005
  • The “Crystal Award” for efficient program spending in 2003

Board of Directors:

Corliss Mc Keever MSW

Ester Waverly MA (Board Chair)

Johnnie A. Gage MCED

Antonio Sherman ( Board Member)