Dr. Eddy M. Regnier
Clinical and Forensic Psychologist
On behalf of The Florida Council on the Social Status of Black Men and Boys, I am sharing the following: Created by the 2006 Florida Legislature, the Council is charged with conducting a systematic study of the conditions affecting black men and boys. The Council is committed to conducting sound research with the hope of increasing our understanding of problems that affect the lives of black males in education, employment, health care, infant mortality, crime, violence and family issues. In this regard, the Council hopes to take our research findings and communicate them to relevant others. In this way the Council can serve as a conduit for positive change in the lives of black males throughout the State of Florida.
Annually, the Council produces a report to heighten awareness of those negative factors and highlight effective programs aimed at improving outcome for black males. Annual research findings are shared with the Governor, President of the Senate, Speaker of the House of Representatives, Attorney General, Chairpersons of standing committee of jurisdiction in each chamber and various other State and local stakeholders.
In 2019, the Council engaged in important research initiatives to better meet its mission objectives and expands its outreach. The Council has been diligently attempting to partner with Historically Black Colleges in Universities (HBCU) across the state. HBCU partnership will enable the Council to have a more robust research apparatus to address issues such as having the highest infant mortality rate than any other ethnic group in the state and make use of social determinants of health to solve health disparities for black males. The Council continues to research educational and economic disparities, a solution of which is the key to solving an array of problems that plagues black males across the state.
While there has been progress much work remains. The Council completed a research project in Belle Glades and continues to engage with the citizens of the West Palm Beach area to work collaborative in researching mutual problems such as delivery of mental health services to communities of color. The Council will continue to focus energies on researching strategies to reduce unacceptable high dropout rates of African Americans across the state. Research of successful, evidence-based programs will continue to be a focus of attention. Finally, it is a pleasure to serve as chairman of the Council.
Eddy Regnier, Ph.D.
For information regarding the Florida Council on the Social Status of Black Men and Boys, please contact:
Florida Council on the Social Status of Black Men and Boys
107 West Gaines Street
Tallahassee, Florida 32301