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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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New Prediabetes Awareness Campaign Uses Multiple Digital Activities to Encourage Americans to Know Their Risk

Change Your Lifestyle. Change Your Life. program powered by the Black Women’s Health Imperative, and their eight program affiliates launch new awareness effort aimed at education on prediabetes and reducing the incidence of type 2 diabetes. WASHINGTON (July 24, 2018) —  After leading the way as a grantee under the Centers for Disease Control and
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BWHI Statement on Nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court

BWHI Urges Supporters to Express Opposition of Supreme Court Nominee WASHINGTON (July 10, 2018) — Today, the Black Women’s Health Imperative (BWHI) is speaking out to oppose President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, Federal Appeals Court Judge Brett Kavanaugh, given his conservative and restrictive views on civil rights, safe and legal abortion, and access to birth
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Black Women’s Health Imperative Expresses Concern Over Supreme Court Nominees

IMMEDIATE RELEASE WASHINGTON, D.C. (July 2, 2018) —  The Black Women’s Health Imperative (BWHI) joins with the growing voices that have expressed concern over President Trump’s nominees following Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy’s announcement to retire from the nation’s highest court. Kennedy throughout his career provided the decisive vote on many landmark cases including Roe
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BWHI President and CEO speaks of “Year of the Black Woman” and Announces BWHI’s First National Black Women’s Health Agenda at Summit21 Conference

WASHINGTON, D.C. (June 14, 2018) –The Black Women’s Health Imperative (BWHI) joined forces with Planned Parenthood and Spark at the Blavity-backed 21 Ninety women’s conference, Summit21 in Atlanta, Georgia on Friday, June 8, 2018 for a panel discussion on “Protecting Your Health Rights: Tools for Self-Advocacy.” BWHI President and CEO Linda Goler Blount shared the
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Title X Domestic Gag Rule Harmful for Black Women’s Health

WASHINGTON, DC–  Today, the Black Women’s Health Imperative (BWHI) is speaking out to oppose the Trump Administration’s gag rule that would prevent people who access care through Title X providers from obtaining information about the full range of reproductive health care options. This rule will impact many individuals who are uninsured, have low incomes, and
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BWHI Applauds Legislation to Address High Maternal Mortality Rates for Black Women

WASHINGTON, DC (May 9, 2018) –  Today, the Black Women’s Health Imperative (BWHI) applauds Congresswoman Robin Kelly (IL) and other Members of Congress for introducing federal legislation to address our nation’s rising maternal mortality and morbidity crisis. Representative Kelly was joined by her colleagues  during a press conference today, in honor of Mother’s Day, and introduced
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Tammy Boyd joins the Black Women’s Health Imperative as Policy and Legislative Affairs Director

WASHINGTON, D.C. (April 30, 2018) – The Black Women’s Health Imperative (BWHI) recently announced Tammy Boyd as the new Director of Health Policy and Legislative Affairs. Boyd will serve as BWHI’s main point-of-contact for all policy and legislative matters. Boyd is an established healthcare executive with proven expertise in government relations, political compliance, and advocacy. 
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MEDIA ADVISORY – INVITATION TO COVER

  FOR RELEASE: April 10, 2018 MEDIA ADVISORY – INVITATION TO COVER Congressional Briefing During National Minority Health Month To Bring Attention To Life-Saving Healthcare Services For Women WASHINGTON, DC — Members of Congress from the U.S. House and Senate and health advocates will join the Black Women’s Health Imperative for a briefing to bring
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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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National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day – Raising Awareness with a National Network, the New Normal

Today is Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. And so often the awareness of how HIV/AIDS impacts Black women falls between the cracks, but it is so real. Did you know that the CDC estimates that 230,000 women in the US have been diagnosed with HIV? Or that Black women have been disproportionately impacted? This doesn’t include the number of Black
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BWHI President and CEO speaks on Planned Parenthood’s Cecile Richards’ Resignation

Statement from Black Women’s Health Imperative Executive Office WASHINGTON D.C. — Today, the Black Women’s Health Imperative (BWHI) president and CEO, Linda Goler Blount released the following statement in response to the resignation of Cecile Richards, as President of Planned Parenthood: “It is with heartfelt gratitude that we celebrate Cecile Richards for her leadership and
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BWHI CEO Urges Congress to Uphold Promise of Roe v. Wade

WASHINGTON, DC – (January 22, 2017) – This past Friday, on the same day as the annual March for Life, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act, a bill which imposes criminal penalties on doctors providing abortion services. Linda Goler Blount, president and CEO of the Black Women’s Health Imperative
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Major Change to Medicaid Threatens Healthcare Access for Low-Income Black Women

WASHINGTON, DC (January 11, 2018) Today, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services released guidance that would, for the first-time ever, allow states to place work requirements on current and future Medicaid enrollees. As a result, states could require Medicaid recipients to be employed and/or engage in community service as a condition for receiving their
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