The core belief of CEA is that families develop best in a community with a sense of order, positive social interaction, and opportunities supported by positive adults. It is CEA’s aim and commitment to work with individuals and families to build, foster and empower the African-American community through capitalization of indigenous support, community stakeholders, organized networks, and community education. CEA’s cultural frameworks are clearly unique to human and social service providers in the Pittsburgh region. CEA capitalizes on the powerful role that cultural influences play within African-American communities.


LIVE LONGER: Empowering and Engaging Pittsburgh Communities

Community Empowerment Association Inc., and Pitt Public Health are working together to address why some people are dying early in most of the underserved communities in the Pittsburgh area. According to the National Center for Health Statistics, the life expectancy in these neighborhoods are approximately 11-15 years shorter than neighboring communities with higher life expectancy. You can help make a difference by becoming a Community Researcher. Share this project with your neighbors and take the first steps in solving the problems of life expectancy disparities in your neighborhood. Where you live should not determine how long you live.




Community Empowerment Association (CEA) was founded in 1993 in order to establish an organized, structural approach to address the specific needs of at-risk youth and families in distressed, marginalized communities. CEA's 25 year success emanated through its grassroots origins ervingresidents of nine predominantly low income undeserved communities inAllegheny County andthe City of Pittsburgh: Larimer, Lincoln-Lemington, Homewood, Wilkinsburg, Garfield, East Hills,McKeesport, Rankin, and Braddock.

CEA's mission is to restore, reclaim and transform distressed communities through strategic planning, collaboration, advocacy, education, and training. Additionally, by consistently generating jobs and economic sustainability, CEA serves as an institutional foundation for the strengthening of Black communities.

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