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Black Women's Health Imperative

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Civil Rights, Health, Health Care, Reproductive Health Care, Reproductive Rights, Women, Womens Rights

Mission: The Black Women's Health Imperative is the only nonprofit devoted solely to advancing the health and wellness of America's Black women and girls through advocacy, community health and wellness education and leadership development. For more information, visit www.BlackWomensHealth.ORG.

Target demographics: Black women ages 18 and above

Geographic areas served: National

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Community Stories

18 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Advisor

Rating: 5

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!

Byllye A.

Board Member

Rating: 5

The Black Women's Health Imperative is the only organization that speaks to the heart, body and soul of Black women. The work addresses our pressing health needs in a way that reflects our perspectives. It is the only organization dedicated to us. The self help work has enabled me to understand my inner struggles and provided me with tools than helped me form better relationships with my family and friends. My improved psychological well being enabled me to take better care of my physical health. All of this I do in the presence of my sisters who have taught me so much. Thanks for being a big part of my life

Advisor

Rating: 5

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.

Board Member

Rating: 5

As a board member, I couldn't be more proud of the impact the Imperative has had on Black women in America. We train trainers to be health leaders in their communities, we provide extensive and accurate info on our website (that has become the "go-to" site for many journalists), and we inspire and encourage women and their families to live healthful lives. The data for Black women and their health can be daunting, but the Imperative focuses on what we can do TODAY to improve the outcomes for our lives. There is no other work that is more meaningful in my life.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Where would we be without the Black Women's Health Imperative? There is no louder, stronger, more supportive advocate for the well-being of black women and girls. Because of the imperative, our communities and policymakers know our health issues matter.

Donor

Rating: 5

The Black Women's Health Imperative is the ONLY resource dedicated to and for black women's health. As an advocate for black women, the organization provides unparalleled services and serves an unmet need in communities who need support most. It is with great honor that I lend my voice in support of a movement that was established years ago and continues to live on through strong leadership and a dedicated staff despite the hard economic times and the assaults against women's health and black women's health.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

i benefited by the Diabetes training and the support the organization gave me. I have been teaching ever since to thousands. i'm also on a Medical Practice diabetes teaching Advisory Council having benefited from my association with this organization. And I'm in awe of their advocacy efforts on the hill & ongoing educational teleconferencing that I take to congregants, i have a wide black audience .........Rev. Geraldine Pemberton

Donor

Rating: 5

This is an amazing organization that provides invaluable research and resources for women in need. The leadership provides outstanding direction in meeting gold and securing assistance to better the community. Their list of achievemts is extremely impressive and it has encouraged me to continue to support thm because they hold fast to their mission and vision.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The work that the Black Women's Health Imperative does is extremely important. The Imperative is committed to putting the health of Black women and girls first. Various programs and initiatives help to education women, policy makers and other stakeholders about what is needed.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

There is no other site solely dedicated to achieving optimal health for Black women. Understanding that our issues are unique and complex, I am so happy to know that I have an advocate in the Imperative: fighting for us in the halls of Congress, engaging young women in my community and working with providers to ensure access to the quality care we so deserve.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

With family histories of both cancer and diabetes, I have looked to the Black Women's Health Imperative website for accurate information to help me live well...and longer. I want a wonderful quality of life and the lifestyle tips, encouragement and FACTS are what I need to stay on track. I've walked with them, and attended programs just when I needed an extra boost! Who else is looking out for black women's health like them? I don't know of another national organization, and I'm totally grateful.--Living Better in Maryland Lady

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Black Women's Health Imperative has provided me with Leadership as well as Self-Help Prevention Education Training and Diabetes Prevention and Self Management Training. The leadership of these dedicated women has inspired me to be a better Community Leader and to keep my torch burning. The training I received has expanded my tools and enhanced my group facilitation skills. Their self help methodology for wellness is helping many women change their lives and their world. I am so impressed that I will support their efforts in any way that I can.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Black Women's Health Imperative published a very resourceful book, Health First! The Black Woman’s Wellness Guide, which has been a personal blessing. At a time when I thought I was being more supportive of the organization's initiative, I received a wealth of knowledge in return that has help me with several health concerns as a black woman. I have found myself picking up the book and visiting the blackwomenshealth.org website for many of the answers that we, as black women, question about our health and those that we care for. I encourage others to purchase this wonderful book or refer to the website for much of our concerns.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I've known about the Black Women's Health Imperative for about 20 years. Their Walking for Wellness programs helped me start a fitness program. I was 320 pounds and didn't think that I could exercise for fear that I would have a heart attack - seriously! Then one day my friend from Atlanta told me about this organization and a walking program they had. The program was about taking small steps, getting together with friends and just talking. The idea is that Black women need support and need to talk about our problems and joys. It worked for me. Now I'm 129 pounds ligther and not afriad to exercise and talk. The program made me realize that I was eating because of depression. Walking helped me physically and emotionally. I hate that so many Black women don't know about the Imperative but they know Coach, MAC and Macy's. The Imperative deserves this award more than any other nonprofit!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Black Women's Health Imperative is one of the best non-profits around for many reasons. I feel honored to be able to spread their message here in my state of New Jersey. They do amazing work by helping women of color with their health, and I cannot want to tell everyone to purchase "Health First" which is one of the best reads around. I feel dedicated and inspired with this organization to continue to keep up the great work.

Shakira G.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

I have been involved with the Black Women's Health Imperative (BWHI) for about 4 years. They have provided me and my daughter with tools and information to improve our health outcomes. My daughter and I volunteered to participate in the Girls Leading Our Way (GLOW) Program and it was not a dissapointment! GLOW helped my daughter and I have conversations about sexual health, self-esteem, body image and making positive choices. BWHI has also served my community be providing free health workshops on exercise and healthy eating and diabetes prevention. I appreciate the work done by the BWHI and look forward to continuing to be involved in future initiatives.

Donor

Rating: 5

Health First! is an amazing resource guide for Black women. The Black Women's Health Imperative produced a "gift" for us. 400 pages of great health advice for today's Black woman. Thank you Black Women's Health Imperative for caring about my health. No other organization does it like you!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I appreciate the Black Women's Health Imperative because they tweet useful information that has helped me live healthier. For example, I did not know about a Black woman's risk for breast cancer until BWHI started tweeting information. Now, I perform monthly breast exams. I hope that women continue to support this wonderful information. Their website is fabulous too!