Dr. Stuart Hamilton, founder of Eau Claire Cooperative Health Centers, pictured with the Eau Claire Community Council, leads HBCU Day activities during the 13th annual National Black Business Month at Allen University in Columbia Aug. 30. Eau Claire Cooperative Health Center (ECCHC), a local Federally Qualified Health Center, has been selected as one of six community health centers out of 1200 across the country by The National Institutes of Health as a Healthcare Provider Organization to help launch the Cohort Program of the Precision Medicine Initiative. The National Institutes of Health announced $55 million in awards in fiscal year 2016 to build the foundational partnerships and infrastructure needed to launch the Cohort Program of President Obama’s Precision Medicine Initiative. More than 400,000 of the 2.6 million African-American businesses are in health care, the largest industry sector. Eau Claire represents the growth opportunities from the transformation caused by the Affordable Care Act. HBCUs still generate the bulk of African-American health care professionals, and drive the research and care agenda.