We Must Save Ourselves​

The novel coronavirus has brought several important issues to bear. First, we recognize the ongoing disparities in healthcare for all people of color.

All over this country, and indeed, all over the world, the African Diaspora suffers losses attributed to a lack of access to proper medical care and lack of resources to afford medical care in areas where hospitals, clinics, and medical centers are available.

Second, as the global medical community scrambles to find a “quick fix” for COVID-19 so that we can all get back to the business of shopping, legislators and government officials are satisfied to reopen states knowing new coronavirus cases (and deaths) will spike as retailers relax their social distancing rules.

As African Americans, we are staring down the barrel of more COVID-19 cases in our communities which will undoubtedly go untreated, spread, and take more lives.

So, we once again find ourselves in a position where we must save ourselves.

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Outreach, Education, Advocacy & Prevention For African Americans, By African Americans.

A consortium of subject matter experts dedicated to reducing disparities among African Americans economically, socially, and in healthcare through outreach, education, advocacy and prevention.

The Problem: Disproportionate Burden

According to the CDC, the effects of COVID-19 on the health of racial and ethnic minority groups is still emerging; however, current data suggest a disproportionate burden of illness and death among racial and ethnic minority groups, and especially the non-Hispanic (black) population.  

What the Data Says

A recent CDC MMWR report  (“Characteristics and Clinical Outcomes of Adult Patients Hospitalized with COVID-19—Georgia, March 2020”) summarized medical record-abstracted data for hospitalized adult patients with laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 who were admitted during March 2020.  This data, collected by the Georgia Department of Public Health and eight Georgia hospitals (seven in metropolitan Atlanta and one in southern Georgia) showed that among 305 hospitalized patients with COVID-19, 83.2% with known race/ethnicity were non-Hispanic black (black).

This overrepresentation of black patients who were hospitalized with COVID-19 is not isolated to Georgia.  In a second CDC MMWR report (“Hospitalization Rates and Characteristics of Patients Hospitalized with Laboratory-confirmed Coronavirus Disease 2019 – COVID-NET, 14 States, March 1-30, 2020”), race and ethnicity data from 580 patients hospitalized with lab-confirmed COVID-19 found that 33% of hospitalized patients were black, a disproportionate number when compared to a representation of just 18% black persons in the sampled community population.

Both of these studies suggest an overrepresentation of blacks among patients hospitalized with laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 during March 2020.   And obviously, if the hospitalization rates are skewed disproportionately towards any specific race or ethnic group, the morbidity rates are also similarly skewed. 

Why the Vicious Cycle?

Although objective data such as rates of hospitalization, morbidity rates, recovery rates, etc. continue to be collected and can be further stratified by race and ethnic group, we need to understand the reasons why certain population groups are over-represented.  The theory of “structural racism” maintains that public policies, institutional practices, cultural representations, and other norms work in various, often reinforcing ways, to perpetuate racial group inequity.  It is that inequity which causes the non-Hispanic (black) population to experience living conditions, work circumstances, and a lack of quality, accessible medical care which makes them vulnerable to increased rates of poverty, imprisonment, unemployment, and poor health.  It is a vicious circle which cannot be stopped without dedicated outreach, education, diligent application of prevention methods, and community support.

An Impactful Solution

Contracts and Grants, LLC, has assembled a team of Atlanta-based medical professionals, researchers, and change makers who are dedicated to helping the most vulnerable persons in our community navigate their way through the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Meet the COVID-19 Team

Contracts and Grants, LLC has been assisting its clients provide government solutions for decades, 13.2 Billion dollars’ worth of awards. 

We have applied the same approach by assembling a team of subject matter experts to provide a solution to disparities among African Americans socially, economically, and in healthcare.  It is our collective goal to improve and maintain the health outcomes of the black community in Atlanta and throughout Georgia. The goals are:

  • To provide a “hub” of information in one location so that the African American Community can have trusted and vetted information to help them make informed decisions about prevention, AND
  • The importance of participating in clinical trials can be stressed while addressing people’s hesitance to participate. 
  • While all people of color and beyond will benefit from these resources, the intent is to provide information and sensitivity to those who look like the people in the consortium.

Linda Chatmon

Founder & CEO, Contracts and Grants LLC

Program Management



For this Project Ms. Chatmon brings her 23 years of expertise in Program Management and Entrepreneur Development. Contracts & Grants has been responsible for more than $13.2 billion in government contract negotiations and awards and has a track record for helping small business start and scale their businesses quickly.

Contracts and Grants, LLC is an SBA-certified HubZone program participant, Woman Owned Small Business (WOSB), Economically Disadvantaged Woman Owned Small Business (EDWOSB) and Minority Business Enterprise headquartered in metropolitan Atlanta, GA. As a trainer to CDC in grant management and cost principles and policy, we are well versed in the rules and regulations regarding fiscal management and reporting for federally funded projects.

Karen Swain

Founder & CEO, Excelous




The CEO and founder of Excelous, Ms. Karen Swain, is an experienced Organizational Change Management Consultant with over 15 years of in depth experience leading and managing the people side of change.   Our personnel have a solid and extensive background in assessing program needs, strategic planning, and successfully managing transitions, migrations, and program rollouts for a diverse base of both Federal and Municipal clients, including the Department of Health and Human Services.  For this project, Excelous will develop an education program which addresses ways to change or adapt living situations, work circumstances, and self-care to reduce the likelihood of contracting the COVID-19 virus.

Recognizing that societal change requires buy-in and support across the entire community, impacted groups have specific roles in an implementation and should be engaged early and often. Excelous uses an easy to follow Adoption Framework to guide populations through the adoption process and help optimize results. Each phase is broken into simple steps, using best practices, resources, and tools to build and deploy a customized approach.

Prosci-certified Change Management Organization Excelous, LLC is an SBA-certified 8(a) program participant, a self-certified Small Disadvantaged Business (SDB) and a Woman Owned Small Business (WOSB) headquartered in Atlanta, GA.  We are also certified Local Small Business Enterprise and Minority Business Enterprise by the State of Georgia.  

Dr. Lane Rolling





The Tropical Pathology and Infections Disease AssociationTB, Inc. (TPaIDATM, Inc.) is a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO), educational organization designed to educate students in the basic science, diagnosis, and treatment of infectious tropical diseases while providing medical assistance to other countries. TpaIDATM also runs the daily operational of TpaIDATM Clinical Field Medicine Bio Research International Company, whose function is the Research, Development of ASSAY in Oncology, Infectious Diseases’ and General Medicine Bio Research. We are committed to helping the world develop a new medical assay for medicine.



The Tropical Pathology and Infections Disease AssociationTB, Inc. (TPaIDATM, Inc.) is a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO), educational organization designed to educate students in the basic science, diagnosis, and treatment of infectious tropical diseases while providing medical assistance to other countries. TpaIDATM also runs the daily operational of TpaIDATM Clinical Field Medicine Bio Research International Company, whose function is the Research, Development of ASSAY in Oncology, Infectious Diseases’ and General Medicine Bio Research. We are committed to helping the world develop a new medical assay for medicine.

Dr. Lane Rolling, M.D., established the TPaIDATM in 2004, as a way to provide medical students with hands-on experience and education in the field.  Dr. Rolling earned his Bachelor of Science Degree in Microbiology and Chemistry (with a minor in Military Sciences) from Weber State University, holds an M.S. in Cellular and Molecular Biology from the University of Nevada Reno School of Medicine, a M.D. from the University of Health Sciences Antigua, and earned his Doctor of Podiatric Medicine (DPM) from the California College of Podiatric Medicine and Surgery.   A US Army Veteran, Dr. Rolling completed his residency at Tripler Army Medical Center in Honolulu, HI. 

  • SPECIALTIES Recently Dr. Rolling developed and implemented new and improved Environmental and Bio Safety and Security Protocols Guidelines to be utilized in the inception of viral disease and pandemics.
  • DISTINGUISH LECTURER Rolling lectures as a distinguished faculty lecturer at many universities about tropical pathology and global infectious disease, as well as about his experiences in clinical medicine in Peru, Germany, Honduras, Ecuador and Dominican Republic.
  • UNIVERSIDAD PARTICULAR DE IQUITOS PERU Rolling was most recently appointed as Professor of Clinical Medicine and Surgery at the Universidad Particular de Iquitos in 2008. Dr. Rolling is also a member of the Curriculum Design and Review Committee for the School of Medicine at Universidad Particular de Iquitos and trains interns and Residents in Trauma and Infectious Diseases.
  • SUMMARY Rolling has conducted research in tropical disease and infectious diseases for approximately sixteen (16) years in PERU and has worked extensively with native Peruvian Shamans to find new drugs. Dr. Rolling has lived and worked in Peru for over 16 years and continues to teach in Cuzco and Iquitos. His duty as Director of Clinical Education for TPAIDATM is to coordinate clinical education and medical missions for students that organization trains worldwide. Dr. Rolling’s moto is to “always challenge yourself to be your best”. 

As a Subject Matter Expert on Infectious Diseases, Dr. Rolling will make an ideal Principal Investigator for this project—determining the goals of the program, the populations to be studied, 3rd party stakeholders, political bodies who need to be involved, metrics which will determine success, and intended outcomes. 


Micheal Canty

Founder & CEO, Enviro-leed LLC

Prevention & Sustainability ​​



For this project, Enviroleed Supply Chain will assist with procurement and sourcing of materials which are identified as key in prevention of COVID-19 transmission (e.g., face masks, hand sanitizer, etc.) 

Headquartered in Atlanta, GA with various locations in other states, we are a proud certified vendor and a Bio-Based distributor of chemicals, MRO products and green consulting services.

Our mission is to help clients meet their needs and transform into sustainable Green Building Initiatives (GBI), Leadership Energy Environmental Design (LEED) or compliance of Executive Order 13423 for all federal, government and military facilities to lead by example in advancing the nation’s environmental performance.

Angela Burroughs

Founder & CEO, EthosExcel

Community Engagement, Partnering & Accountability



EthosExcel works as a trusted bridge with companies to conduct community-engaged research as it aims to increase healthcare equity and reduce knowledge disparities in underserved populations.

EthosExcel’s Core Competencies include:

  • Facilitate community stakeholder engagement
  • Developing culturally sensitive materials as well as reviewing materials for cultural relevancy 
  • Conducting multi-module training sessions
  • Conducting and evaluating community feedback sessions, focus groups and synthesis of information for education and bi-directional knowledge transfer. 



EthosExcel leadership collectively has more than 80 years of experience managing people, budgets and grants experience in the community health, health science and pharmaceutical industries, with a focus on African Americans and other under-represented populations, grassroots community-based participatory project and research studies.

EthosExcel’s Founder and CEO Angela Burroughs, has presented at multiple national, regional and local conferences and an FDA Open Meeting to inform about and advocate for more equitable projects involving engagement, education, partnering and recruiting African Americans. She has also served as Adjunct Faculty at the University of NC at Chapel and for 15 years at North Carolina Central University.

EthosExcel has experience working with rural, suburban and urban African Americans and has collaborated on African American-focused equity-related work with grassroots community-based organizations as well as the Association of Black Cardiologists, The University of NC at Chapel Hill and global pharmaceutical companies such as Merck and GlaxoSmithKline.

For this project, EthosExcel will deliver health-related training and education and will develop and facilitate an accountability, outreach and community-engaged partnering plan that includes local citizens and community organization stakeholders.

Brinda R. Smith


U.S. Army Veteran

Inclusion Contracting



For this Project, Brenda brings her Supplier Diversity experience with Fortune 500 Companies to reach out to ensure African Americans owned businesses are represented in contract spends.

Brenda is a service-disabled veteran and daughter of a 35-year US Army Veteran. She is CEO of BR Smith LLC, a boutique consulting firm started in 2013. She is also a partner/investor in Kedocadocs Tree and Poultry Farms LLP, a collective of partners spanning two continents (Africa and US) and serves as Chief Marketing Officer in charge of developing strategy for corporate advertising, branding as well as customer outreach.  Kedocadocs is driven by commitment to the excellence of their products, protecting the environment and serving the community. www.kedocadocs.com

Brenda has more than 20 years of global Fortune 100 corporate experience, and areas of expertise

  • Networking
  • Strategy
  • Problem Solving
  • Supply Management
  • Supplier Diversity
  • Relationship Management

Brenda has been called the original “LinkedIn” because of her unique ability to make connections that lead to revenue generating results.  She also has consulted for veteran non-profits to secure sponsorships from major brands looking for ways to include certified veterans in their supply chain (TJ Maxx, Nationwide, Facebook, Dell, Delta, Ernst and Young, Walmart, Bank of America) to name a few.  Brenda has an MBA, a BA in Marketing and is certified in project management, supply management, and supplier diversity. Her roots are in Mississippi, born in Germany and raised her two adult children in the Pacific Northwest, both are alumni of HBCUs.