The Black Women's Health Imperative provides unique, dynamic, timely leadership with bold vision and strategies. I am heartened by the company it keeps -- grassroots, everyday women who can be mobilized for culture change and policy change, as well as experts (researchers, health care providers, public health advocates, and others) and decision-makers at every level. It has been providing training and added resources to local organizations that work on Black women's health, been a strong presence and a vital voice in public policy circles, published an excellent book, and helped set the research agenda. The Imperative has a small staff that is working hard and working smart, making every investment count with a multiplier. It has a Board that includes the founder and many newer members, all committed to continuing the legacy while creating innovation. I have long wanted to be a donor to the Imperative, and am looking forward to that opportunity. It is a GREAT nonprofit and deserves GREAT support!
I first learned of the Black Women's Health Imperative 13 years ago as a graduate student in Atlanta. I was so happy to learn of an organization dedicated to promoting the health of black women that I served as volunteer for their Walking for Wellness program. This was the start of a long and rewarding relationship with the organization. I have worked with the Imperative on a number of projects ever since and continue to be impressed by the commitment that it has to improving the health of black women and families. The Imperative's Moving Beyond Pink breast cancer is a groundbreaking program that calls attention to the disparities and challenges facing black women with breast cancer. No other organization is doing this critical work of not only sounding the alarm, but training community leaders and advocating policymakers for resources that will raise awareness and expand research on why black women are more likely to die of breast cancer than women of other races. The Imperative has always focused on empowering women in the community to make healthy choices not just for themselves, but also for their families. I am so proud to see how the organization has evolved and expanded to reach a new generation of women through social media and community events. The Imperative is truly a Great Nonprofit that provides information, tools, social support, and a powerful voice for our health care needs.