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BWHI – Honoring the Life and Legacy of Aretha Franklin

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEDATE: August 17, 2018  CONTACT:  Lydia Sermons (301.526-0374) Antonice Jackson (734.812.4423) WASHINGTON, DC – Today, the Black Women’s Health Imperative issued the following statement in honor of the life and legacy of Aretha Franklin. “The Black Women’s Health Imperative joins with our collective community in mourning the death of Aretha Franklin, the “Queen
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No More Shame: CPTSD, Me & You!

I can feel it in my entire body. Sometimes it happens at work. A wave of panic and I’m overwhelmed by emotion. My stomach is in knots, and I can feel the tears in my eyes starting to form. In that moment, I’m no longer the adult typing away at my computer. I’m thrown back
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Spread the word – Type 2 Diabetes Can Be Prevented!

I am amazed at how much we have learned about managing and preventing type 2 diabetes over the past few years. I recall a time —which now seems like not so long ago — when I wondered why more attention wasn’t given to a condition that appeared to be totally devastating our communities. Now, diabetes
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No Skimping on Myself, No Running on Fumes

After years of fighting to provide more meaningful platforms to help increase awareness of racism in government, academia, and philanthropy, I was beaten. The choice seemed simple. I would ditch my social justice career for something light and fun. I needed more joy and less pain in my life. As I relayed these sentiments to
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Bearing the Burden of Being a Black Woman in America

Five women went out to do what thousands of women do on a nice spring day—grab their clubs and go out for a round of golf. What makes this different is that these five women are Black. They are dues-paying members of the golf club. And they were threatened with police action if they didn’t
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Black Women Vote: The 2018 National Health Policy Agenda

Overview The health crisis faced by Black women and girls has spiraled in the wrong direction. Now is the time for policymakers, health care providers, and community-based organizations to pay close attention to the adverse effects of disparate funding, unhealthy conditions and social attitudes about the well-being of Black women. This executive summary outlines the Black
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Just Because You Lost or Left Your Job…Doesn’t Mean You Have to Go Without Health Care Coverage

At BWHI we understand the importance of being able to seek health care when you need it. We also know the impact of the threats to women’s health that can happen when coverage is at risk. And although the open enrollment period for 2018 coverage is over, you still have an opportunity to enroll or
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It Might Not Be Too Late to Get 2018 Health Care Coverage.

At BWHI we understand the importance of being able to seek health care when you need it. We also know the impact of the threats to women’s health that can happen when coverage is at risk. And although the open enrollment period for 2018 coverage is over, you still have an opportunity to enroll or
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Postpartum Depression While Black

“Give it to God,” a phrase that many of us in the Black community hear when things aren’t going the way we expect them to. And to me, this is what being Black while suffering from mental illness sounds like. Statistics show that up to 20 percent of women develop a perinatal mental health illness,
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BWHI is Helping to Save Lives Through Advocacy

Three months ago we sent out a reminder that the PALS Act moratorium on the USPSTF breast cancer screening guidelines would be expiring at the end of this calendar year 2018 (December 31, 2018). Since then BWHI has worked with Congressional Appropriators, and we are pleased to tell you that the Omnibus Appropriations agreement for
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BWHI CEO Urges Congress to Reauthorize Violence Against Women Act

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, the Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing on “The Need to Reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA),” a federal bill created to address domestic and sexual violence that was first passed in 1994 and most recently reauthorized in 2013. The hearing featured testimony from the Office on Violence Against Women,
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BWHI Takes a Stand on Gun Violence and So Should You

The Black Women’s Health Imperative has represented the voices of mothers, wives, partners, sisters, and daughters for 35 years. Today we stand together against gun violence like the incident that claimed the lives of 17 students and faculty at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida this past week. These deaths and all the
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