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Open Enrollment for the Affordable Care Act Ends Sunday December 15, 2019

Having access to affordable health insurance coverage can have an impact on your health and wellbeing today and in the future. While many women get their coverage through their employers, so many go without coverage each year. Going without coverage can impact a woman’s ability to get screening, diagnosis and treatment for breast and other […]

The Black Women’s Health Imperative Unveils First-Of-Its-Kind Policy Agenda Addressing HIV/AIDS Epidemic Among Black Women

WASHINGTON, DC – (December 6, 2019) Today, the Black Women’s Health Imperative (BWHI) released its national HIV/AIDS policy agenda on Black Women’s Health titled The HIV/AIDS Policy Agenda for Black Women. The agenda also features contributions from other leading women’s health organizations, which include the Positive Women’s Network, AIDS United, SisterLove, Inc., and Women Organized […]

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Do Your Homework and Get Covered by December 15

Lisa Lewis has spent the last three years hoping and praying that she doesn’t get sick. In early 2017 she started her own business as a graphic designer after losing her job with a company that she worked at for ten years. “I always wanted to go out on my own but I worried about […]

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Get Ready for Open Enrollment for 2020 Starting November 1, 2019

Mark your calendar. Set your alarm. If you need health insurance coverage, Open Enrollment for 2020 coverage starts on November 1, and ends on December 15, 2019. Whether you are re-enrolling or are applying for coverage for the first time, here are some tips to make the process easy.  Get It Together! What you need… […]

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Real Talk. Real Women.

BWHI Founder Byllye Avery visited with students at Spelman College, which is where the organization was established over 35 years ago. She, BWHI CEO & President Linda Goler Blount, Chief Development Officer Ann McMikel, and BWHI Special Projects Manager, Zsanai Epps joined students to discuss various health issues impacting women, including the need to shift negative [...]

Black Women’s Health Imperative Mourns The Loss of Former Congressman Elijah Cummings

The Black Women’s  Health Imperative is deeply saddened by the passing of Congressman Elijah E. Cummings, a staunch defender of the Constitution and voice for those unable to advocate for themselves. As Chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Reform, Representative Cummings was a champion for eradicating injustices, advocating for reproductive health, supporting universal […]

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BWHI President & CEO Linda Goler Blount Contributes To Groundbreaking Study Uncovering Racial Disparity In Medical Appointment Scheduling

Machine Learning In Medical Appointment Scheduling Causes Racial Disparity In Access to Care But Doesn’t Have To ATLANTA – (October 17, 2019) – Appointment scheduling in medical provider offices is one of the most common ways patients access needed health services. Yet a new paper, Overbooked and Overlooked: Machine Learning and Racial Bias in Medical […]

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Black Women’s Health Imperative Launches Positive Period! Campaign To Address Menstrual Product Insecurities In Georgia and Africa

(ATLANTA) – October 3, 2019 – The Black Women’s Health Imperative (BWHI) today announced its Positive Period! Campaign, which will donate 2,000 reusable menstrual cups to girls and women in resource challenged communities in Atlanta, GA and Kigali, Rwanda. The Campaign is in partnership with Singapore-based feminine hygiene products company Freedom Cups, which distributes menstrual […]

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Withdrawal of Health Centers Will Have A Devastating Impact on Black Women

Statement from Black Women’s Health Imperative Executive Office: WASHINGTON, D.C. (August 22, 2019) — Today, the Black Women’s Health Imperative (BWHI) president and CEO, Linda Goler Blount released the following statement in response to the withdrawal of health care centers from across the country including Planned Parenthood: “We stand with Planned Parenthood and health clinics […]

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Developing Science and Medicine that Reflect All of Us

The Black Women’s Health Imperative (BWHI) strives to lead from within. For more than three decades, BWHI has been studying what makes Black women thrive. Our team listens and learns from our community and, in turn, provides evidence-based educational programs to improve our health. We advocate with a strong voice for the health and care […]

BWHI Joins Congressman Jimmy Gomez and Senator Patty Murray To Introduce the Jeanette Acosta Invest in Women’s Health Act of 2019

BWHI Joins Congressman Jimmy Gomez and Senator Patty Murray To Introduce the Jeanette Acosta Invest in Women’s Health Act of 2019

Washington, D.C. – Today, The Black Women’s Health Imperative (BWHI) joined Congressman Jimmy Gomez (CA-34) and Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) to introduce the Jeanette Acosta Invest in Women’s Health Act of 2019. The legislation would expand access to preventive, lifesaving women’s health screenings at safety net healthcare providers like Planned Parenthood. Specifically, the bill would […]

BWHI Celebrates Mothers Today

#BWHITalks Motherhood by celebrating the beautiful diversity and hope that Black women have exuded for generations. Today, we honor all women who are nurturing children, dreams, neighborhoods, new businesses and more for the advancement of communities everywhere.

#BWHITalks Healthcare With Legislators At Congressional Meet & Greet

The Black Women’s Health Imperative collaborated with Alston & Bird Wednesday in Washington, DC to co-host an informative breakfast and meet & greet with Congresswomen Lucy McBath (D-GA), Lauren Underwood (D-IL) and Robin Kelly (D-IL), who is also the Chair of the Congressional Black Caucus’ Health Braintrust. Topics discussed included continued protection and reform of [...]

The All of Us Research Project Turns One

On May 6, 2018, the Black Women’s Health Imperative and many other partners from around the country began outreach and awareness around the All of Us Research Program. It has been an amazing year. For decades there has been a cloud around African American participation in clinical trials. Our team has worked on the ground, […]

The Black Women’s Health Imperative & The National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Inc. Aim To Increase Impact With New Partnership

ATLANTA – (April 16, 2019) – The Black Women’s Health Imperative (BWHI) yesterday announced a strategic partnership with the National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Inc. (NCBW) at the NCBW Day of Action and Advocacy in Washington, DC. The multi-year partnership was established to raise awareness of health disparities and solutions, and to provide access […]

It’s Not Normal: Black Women, Stop Suffering From Fibroids

this article was originally published on Healthy Women, By Nancy C. Lee, MD Senior Policy Advisor, Care About Fibroids and Linda Goler Blount, MPH President and CEO, Black Women’s Health Imperative Uterine fibroids are a common gynecologic condition among women and the primary reason for hysterectomy for US women. Over their lifetime, about 80 percent […]

On Our Own Terms Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

March 10, 2019—The Black Women’s Health Imperative’s On Our Own Terms (OOOT) Collaborative is spreading the word about Women and Girls and HIV Day today. And we know that we must continue to create awareness and support for black women and girls every single day. Black and Hispanic women are still significantly affected by HIV […]

Ann M. McMikel Named Chief Development Officer for The Black Women’s Health Imperative

ATLANTA – (February 21, 2019) – The Black Women’s Health Imperative recently announced the appointment of Ann M. McMikel as the Chief Development Officer and Executive Director of SIS Circles. Mrs. McMikel is a global leader with extensive experience in nonprofit management, strategic planning, advocacy, communications, volunteer engagement, and fundraising. As the Vice President of […]

Kimberly Goodloe Advocates for Her Heart and Yours Too

February is Heart Health Month. BWHI is taking the time this month to bring you tips, resources and personal stories from Black women who are on the front lines of heart health. Today, we want to introduce you to Kimberly Goodloe, 52, from Lawrenceville, Georgia. Goodloe knows all about fighting for heart health. Her own […]

National Wear Red Day

It’s February. It’s Black History Month (although we know that our history and lives can’t be contained to one month). And it is Heart Health Month. In fact, today is National Wear Red Day – for your heart. Wearing red is a simple reminder that we must protect our hearts. It is important that we as […]

New Grant Opportunity Seeks to Improve Prediabetes Recognition and Diabetes Prevention Strategies among African American and Hispanic Women

January 30, 2019 (Washington, D.C.) – The American College of Preventive Medicine (ACPM) is partnering with the American Medical Association (AMA) and Black Women’s Health Imperative (BWHI) to support the development of new approaches addressing prediabetes in populations at high risk for developing diabetes, including African American and Hispanic women. ACPM will award multi-year grants […]

The Black Women’s Health Imperative and SIS Circles Program Partner to Expand Reach to Teen Girls of Color in Atlanta

Atlanta, GA, January 25, 2019 –The Black Women’s Health Imperative (BWHI) is excited to announce a new multigenerational partnership with Atlanta-based Sisters Inspiring Sisters (SIS) Circles. The partnership will proactively work to deepen the impact on inspiring the next generation of women of color to be tomorrow’s leaders. It is appropriate that during January which […]

The Preventing Maternal Death Act Shows that Our Collective Voices Matter

The United States has an abysmal record when it comes to maternal mortality. More American women are dying of pregnancy-related complications in the US than in any other developed country. Only in the U.S. has the rate of women who die risen. For Black women and their babies, this is a crisis. When it comes to maternal mortality, black women die […]

The Deadline to Enroll In the ACA is December 15

There is just one week left of Open Enrollment for health care coverage under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Enrollment closes December 15, 2018. Getting enrolled and maintaining coverage has been significant for the health and wellness for Black women since the beginning of ACA. Before ACA, so many women of color, including those who […]

What Single Women Need to Know About the Affordable Care Act

If you are single, make sure you look at what being enrolled in ACA coverage for 2019 can mean to you. You have until December 15, 2018 to enroll for next year. BWHI has heard from many women who think they can’t afford the premiums, but it is worth investigating the options. There are many […]

What Health Care Coverage Under the Affordable Care Act Means to You

If you are thinking about enrolling for coverage from November 1-December 15, 2018 (and you should be if you don’t currently have coverage) here’s what you need to know. Doctor’s visits—Outpatient care you get without being admitted to a hospital such as a doctor’s visit for the flu; Trips to the emergency room—the average cost […]

Get Covered! Open Enrollment Runs from Nov 1 – Dec 15!

Today is the first day you can enroll for health care coverage under the Affordable Care Act. BWHI is partnering with Community Catalyst to make sure that you have the information you need in order to be informed. The 2019 Open Enrollment Period runs from Thursday, November 1, 2018, to Saturday, December 15, 2018 If […]

BWHI Statement on Delayed Vote and FBI Investigation of Judge Brett Kavanaugh

Statement from Black Women’s Health Imperative Executive Office: WASHINGTON, D.C. (September 28, 2018) — Today, the Black Women’s Health Imperative (BWHI) president and CEO, Linda Goler Blount released the following statement in response to the delayed floor vote on the nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh and pending FBI investigation: “We respectfully oppose the appointment of […]

CYL2 Success Stories

 Black Women for Wellness – Los Angeles, CA Corrine City of Los Angeles Employee Prior to joining Change Your Lifestyle. Change Your Life., I had a history of gestational diabetes and also my mom had diabetes.  The fact that it was offered at work and I have been on a health journey myself, the program was […]

Polycystic Ovary Syndrome – Who Knew?

Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS). Have you ever heard of it? Do you know what it is? Do you know if you have it? Why is this condition such a secret when between 5% and 10% of women of reproductive age (18–44) are affected, and as many as 5 million women in the U.S. may suffer from it? […]

Black Women’s Health Imperative Publishes Its First National Health Policy Agenda to Educate and Empower Black Voters

WASHINGTON, D.C., (September 14, 2018)– Today, the Black Women’s Health Imperative (BWHI), released the first national policy agenda on Black women’s health priorities entitled, Black Women Vote: The 2018 National Health Policy Agenda (the Agenda), to ensure the health needs of Black women and girls are addressed at the federal and state levels during the […]

BWHI – Honoring the Life and Legacy of Aretha Franklin

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE DATE: 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 […]

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 […]

BWHI Statement on Nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court

BWHI Urges Supporters to Express Opposition of Supreme Court Nominee WASHINGTON, D.C. (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 […]

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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 […]

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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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 […]

Year of the Black Woman

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 […]

Year of the Black Woman

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 […]

Title X Domestic Gag Rule Harmful for Black Women’s Health

WASHINGTON, DC (May 24, 2018)–  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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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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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, […]


  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 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 […]

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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Heart Disease Homework: A Guide To Getting Your Family History

  What do your almond-shaped eyes and beautiful skin have in common with heart disease? They can all run in the family. The keyword here is “can.” If you have a family history of heart disease, you aren’t guaranteed to develop it, but it can mean you’re at a higher risk. It can work the […]

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Heart Disease In Black Women: The Big Issue You Might Not Know About

This post was originally published in July 2017 and has been republished for Heart Health Month. Here’s one simple question: Do you care about your health? Most people would answer, “Of course I do.” Okay, so let’s assume you do. Then, here’s another question. Do you know that as a Black woman, you have a […]

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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Women’s Health Organizations Launch New Care Women Deserve Campaign

It’s no secret that women have different health needs than men — especially when it comes to preventive care. To address the unique care women need, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) requires most insurance plans to cover women’s preventive services along with other recommended preventive services at no out-of-pocket costs to them. Prior to the […]


The Care Women Deserve campaign aims to educate women on the preventive services available with no out of pocket costs, established by the Affordable Care Act. WASHINGTON D.C. — (January 9, 2017) — Today, the Black Women’s Health Imperative (BWHI) joins a partnership of women’s organizations to announce the launch of the new Care Women […]


The Black Women’s Health Imperative would like to give a shout out to all the participants in the MSK Challenge! You’ve generated lots of buzz about the competition and we’ve received some exciting and engaging videos expressing the importance of Reproductive Justice (RJ) in our lives. Judging by the response, it’s clear that young women […]

BWHI Opposes Disastrous Senate Tax Bill

WASHINGTON, DC (December 2, 2017) Today, the U.S. Senate voted 51 to 49 to pass the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. The bill was approved by the Senate Finance Committee earlier this week and voted on early this morning by the Senate after hours of formal debate and last-minute changes. Notably, the bill includes a […]

BWHI Launches The New Network, The New Normal on World AIDS Day

Today is World AIDS Day. For over 30 years, BWHI has lived this year’s theme, the Right to Health, in its mission and its vision for the health and wellness of Black women. Today we are elated to announce the launch of The New Network, The New Normal, a national strategy to improve sexual health […]

Black Women Will Suffer Costs of Senate Tax Bill

WASHINGTON, DC (November 28, 2017). Last week, the House of Representatives passed a tax reform bill that would dramatically change our tax system by providing large, permanent tax cuts for corporations. Now, the Senate will vote on its version of tax reform, which includes a repeal of the ACA’s individual mandate, the requirement that most […]

Suffering in Silence

Mood Disorders Among Pregnant and Postpartum Women of Color By Jamila Taylor and Christy M. Gamble  This article was originally published on the Center for American Progress website. Introduction and summary Pregnancy and childbirth can bring joy and fulfillment to a woman’s life. They can also bring anxiety, depression, and stress. If left untreated, postpartum depression and […]



This is the kick off of a very important 45 days for Black women and our health and wellness. It is the first day of the open enrollment period for coverage under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Last year the enrollment period for 2017 lasted until December 30, 2016. By cutting the enrollment period to […]

House Seeks to Pass a Total Ban on Abortions

WASHINGTON, DC (October 31, 2017) This week, the House of Representatives’ Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing to discuss a bill that would require mandatory ultrasounds for women seeking abortions and would prevent women from obtaining abortions as early as six weeks. Under the “Heartbeat Protection Act of 2017,” health care providers who perform an […]

BWHI’s ChangemakeHERS: My Sister’s Keeper National Policy Summit

OCTOBER 16, 2017- WASHINGTON, DC-The Black Women’s Health Imperative’s My Sister’s Keeper (MSK) program is announcing its first National Policy Summit in Washington, DC from October 23-25, 2017. Co-sponsored by Congresswoman Joyce Hannah Beatty (D-OH), Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke (D-NY), and the Congressional Caucus on Black Women and Girls, BWHI will host 42 college students […]

Trump Administration Policy Will Destroy Access to Affordable Birth Control

WASHINGTON, DC (October 6, 2017). Today, the Trump Administration released a rule which allows any employer, school, or other entity with not only a religious objection, but also a moral objection, to covering contraceptives in their health insurance plans. The Affordable Care Act (ACA) mandates that all insurance plans provide contraceptives at no out-of-pocket cost […]

BWHI Submits Letter for Record for Senate Hearing on Graham-Cassidy Bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. (September 25, 2017) Today, the Senate Committee on Finance will hold the only congressional hearing on the Graham-Cassidy proposal—the latest proposal to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA).  The Black Women’s Health Imperative (BWHI) submitted a letter for the record to reiterate the devastating impact that this proposal would have not just on […]

Newest Repeal Bill Is Yet Another Attack On Black Women’s Health

WASHINGTON, DC (September 19, 2017)This past week Senators Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Bill Cassidy (R-LA) introduced a bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The bill, referred to as the Graham-Cassidy bill, contains much of the same harmful provisions that were included in previous efforts by the House and Senate to repeal the ACA. […]

Four Ways to Help Someone Who is Suicidal

Summer 2012 goes down in history as one of my roughest seasons in life. On the inside, I was filled with potential, but my outside circumstances told a different story. I looked in the mirror and saw a recent college grad who was working in a position as a car salesperson. I hated it and […]

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The Black Women’s Health Imperative Announces Miko Branch and Tamron Hall as the 2017 Byllye Award Recipients

WASHINGTON DC, September 12, 2017-The Black Women’s Health Imperative (BWHI) is proud to announce their 2017 Byllye Award recipients, hair care entrepreneur Miko Branch, co-founder of Miss Jessie’s and award-winning journalist, Tamron Hall. Each year BWHI selects Black women of exemplary character. BWHI will present both recipients their awards at their annual Black Magic Reception, […]

Trump Administration Attacks ACA By Cutting Essential Funding

WASHINGTON, D.C. (September 1, 2017) Yesterday, the Trump Administration slashed millions of dollars from the government’s budget that were intended to support the promotion of the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) upcoming annual open enrollment period, slated to begin on November 1. These funds were to be used to support marketing efforts and the hiring of […]

Black Love is Really…Healthy

On August 29 at 10/9c, the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN) will bring us something we don’t get to see enough of in the media–real people talking about Black love. This docu-series, created by married couple and filmmakers Tommy and Codie Oliver, brings us several African-American couples—some in Hollywood some not– sharing how they met and […]

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Supporting A Loved One With HIV: 7 Things Not To Say

You’re a great friend. You’re ready and willing to help your loved ones work through anything that has come their way. You are prepared to always be there for them. But then, something comes along that you’re not prepared for: Your loved one has HIV (human immunodeficiency virus). It’s a serious diagnosis. You wish you […]

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Breathe In, Breathe Out: 8 Ways To Lower Your Blood Pressure

You’ve got a super-busy life, so you’re trying to take care of yourself. You get your sleep, eat your veggies, and seem to feel fine. Then, your physician gives you the news: You have high blood pressure. Just what you need. To get it under control, it helps to understand exactly what’s happening. Here’s a […]

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I’ve Got What? Facing Your Uterine Fibroids

You’ve just been told that you have uterine fibroids. But what does that mean? What is going on? Fibroids are growths in your uterus (the babymaker). They range in size from as small as an apple seed to as large as a grapefruit. You might hear fibroids referred to as “tumors,” but don’t panic—-even though […]

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I’ve Got What? The Truth About HPV Infections

It’s been a few days since your annual gynecologic exam. The phone rings. It’s your physician, letting you know that you have an HPV infection. Huh? Human papillomavirus (HPV) is the number-one sexually transmitted infection (STI) in the U.S. STIs can carry a stigma, but HPV is not something to be ashamed of. HPV is […]

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I’ve Got What? Understanding Your Cervical Cancer Diagnosis

“You have cervical cancer.” A cervical cancer diagnosis can be terrifying, and it can take you by surprise. It’s perfectly normal (and understandable) to feel completely overwhelmed. You may have questions about everything, from how you got it to whether or not you will be able to have kids. Are you one of the 12,820 […]

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Your Support Circle: How Loved Ones Can Help During Cancer Treatment

If you’ve been diagnosed with breast cancer, the time for treatment comes quickly. Your physician gives you the basic info on what’s ahead, but you’re still not sure what to expect. That’s a completely normal feeling, but there’s one thing that can help you feel a little more in control: Support. Your loved ones can […]

BWHI Takes a Stand Against Racial Violence

Washington, DC (August 17, 2017) BWHI stands against any kind of racism, bigotry, and intolerance, as was evidenced in the hate filled violence last week in Charlottesville, Virginia. We offer our condolences to the family of Heather Heyer, a young woman who attended the rally to stand in support of the marginalized, and against the […]

Maternity Care Under ACA Repeal

Implications for Black Women’s Maternal Health co-written by Christy M. Gamble and Jamila Taylor This article was originally published on The Affordable Care Act (ACA) has been instrumental in providing affordable, quality health care to millions of American women. In fact, since the implementation of the ACA, about 13 million women have gained access to maternity […]

Black Women’s Mental Health: Tools for Inner Peace (Pt 2 of 2)

Part II: The Message: Learning to BREATHE The history of Black women’s healing traditions exemplified by the song “Mary Don’t You Weep” is at the center of my motivation for creating the book Black Women’s Mental Health: Balancing Strength and Vulnerability. My research in Black women’s intellectual history has always been grounded in narratives of memoir […]

Black Women’s Mental Health: Tools for Inner Peace (Pt 1 of 2)

Part I: The Messengers: Wellness Guides by Black Women Elders The spiritual “Mary, Don’t You Weep” has been sung in Black homes and churches for at least 150 years, offering hope in times of despair to generations of African Americans.  The song, a celebration of the power of faith, was first recorded in 1915 by […]

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Managing High Blood Pressure: How Black Women Can Help Each Other

If you have high blood pressure, support from the women in your life can be the difference between controlling it or letting it control you. And chances are, you’re not the only one facing this issue to begin with. Here are 5 ways that sisters, cousins, and girlfriends can look out for each other and […]

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Help With Medical Bills: 5 Ways To Put That Debt Behind You

Got medical bills? You’re not alone. One in five Americans ages 18 to 64 say that they, or someone in their household, has had problems paying medical debt in the past year. That’s not exactly surprising. Medical bills can run thousands of dollars, even with insurance. But if you need help with medical bills, there […]

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What Is PCOS? Understanding Polycystic Ovary Syndrome

Polycysta-who? Okay, first things first. You can’t understand PCOS without understanding ovarian cysts. And you can’t do that without understanding the ovaries. The ovaries produce your eggs, so they play a big role in making little ones. Ovarian cysts are fluid-filled sacs that form in or on one of your ovaries. They’re very common—most women […]

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Prescription Costs Are High, But Your Wallet Is Dry … Now What?

You’ve just been prescribed a new drug. You go to pick it up at the pharmacy. No sweat. Until you look at the register: $765.42 for one month of pills? Seriously? You’re not alone. Prescription drug costs are sky-high, and they don’t appear to be falling anytime soon. And with or without insurance, Americans are […]

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Coping With Stress … And Keeping Your Sanity: Tips For The Busy Woman

You’re a busy woman. But between your personal life and your professional life, it’s been one thing after another. And you just can’t take it anymore. If you have signs of depression, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), or anxiety, you know that stress can take a huge toll on your mental health. Any symptoms you already […]

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Black Women And PTSD: How Do You Know If You Have It?

Post-traumatic stress disorder—usually referred to as simply PTSD—is not just an issue for military veterans. The truth is that trauma doesn’t stay confined to combat zones. In fact, traumatic events can happen way closer to home than we’d like them to. And these events can take a serious toll on your mental health. Knowing what […]

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Depression In Black Women: How Do You Know If You’re Depressed?

Ladies, it’s time to set the record straight about depression in Black women. Why? Because depression is not just feeling the blues. It’s not something you have to put up with for weeks, months, or years on end. It’s not a sign that you’re not strong enough. Depression is a mental health issue that needs […]

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Post-Traumatic Stress: How One Woman Survived Her Haunting Memories

Captain Cherissa Jackson was on her job as a military nurse in Afghanistan when the siren suddenly blared over the loudspeakers. “Alarm red,” a female voice said, echoing throughout the U.S. Air Force medical base in Kandahar. “Alarm red, alarm red. Take cover.” Immediately, Cherissa and her colleagues hit the floor. As insurgent rockets sped […]

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Healthy Junk Food Recipes To Curb The Cravings

Let’s be honest. Junk food just feels good. You turn to it to relieve stress, celebrate with family and friends, console you during a hard time. But seriously, the regular junk food binges have got to go. Inhaling a load of salt or sugar may be fun in the moment, but it can lead to […]

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About Your Health Care Plan: The Essential Benefits You Should Use

A health care plan can seem like a hot mess. It’s so long and complex, you’d almost need a law degree to understand them. Still, there are little gold nuggets hidden inside that you should know about. You’ve probably heard about essential health benefits (EHBs). Under the Affordable Care Act, a.k.a Obamacare, certain health care […]

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Bad Blood? Clearing Up 3 Myths About Black Women And Diabetes

You’ve heard the family lore over and over: We have “bad blood.” We get diabetes. When you get “sugar,” you’ll definitely go blind. And you might lose some toes or limbs, too. And once you’re diabetic, you also can’t have any bread, potatoes or other starches. Basically, your good years are over. None of these […]


I’ve Got What? Figuring Out Endometriosis

Your physician just told you that you have endometriosis. Say what? Endometriosis is one of those health issues that a lot of women have heard of—maybe you know someone who’s had it—but you don’t know exactly what it means. Here’s what’s going on: If you have endometriosis, the lining of your uterus (womb) is growing […]

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Surprise Medical Bills: 5 Paths To Preventing These Headaches

You’ve been here before. Standing at the mailbox, holding a doctor’s bill that’s triple the cost you were expecting. You can almost hear your wallet sobbing. How does this happen? Don’t blame yourself. Medical billing is so complex that people literally have to go to school to understand it. And even the specialists can get […]

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Reversing Diabetes: Can It Be Done?

So, you finally got that diagnosis you dreaded: diabetes. In fact, the doctor thinks your blood sugar’s been running high for years. Can you reverse it? It depends on what you mean by “reverse.” There’s no cure for diabetes—either Type 1 (the kind children have) or Type 2 (the kind that comes on in your […]

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I Gotchu: Mental Health, Your Friend, And You

It’s never easy to know exactly what to say to your friend, whether she’s asking you if you like her new shoes (you don’t) or opening up to you about her divorce (you didn’t like him to begin with). One of the most difficult situations is when your friend is struggling with a mental health […]

Finding A Physician: Who Should Be Your Vajayjay Doctor? [Quiz]

It’s not everyone’s favorite activity, but it’s something that we all have to do: Go to the doctor to keep the vajayjay healthy. While there has been some debate in recent years, the recommendation still stands: Any woman over age 21 should see have a pelvic exam at least once a year, reports the American […]

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Portion Distortion And Diabetes Risk: Are You Eating Too Much? [Quiz]

You know that eating healthy is step one toward lowering your diabetes risk. But it’s not just about what you eat—it’s how much you eat, too. Portion distortion—thinking that the amount you’re eating is healthy when it’s seriously not—is common. So, let’s clear it up …   Challenge your friends and loved ones to take […]

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What Is Coinsurance? 9 Mysteries Of Health Insurance—Solved

You’ve heard the words before: Copayment. Deductible. Premium. A thousand others. You sort of get what they mean … and you sort of don’t. But you do know that if you get one more medical bill—despite having insurance—you’re going to scream. Trying to understand health insurance can be like diving into quicksand: No matter what […]

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Dear Black Women Who Smoke: A (Tough) Love Letter

It’s actually a painful scene to watch: It’s afternoon, and people outside are darting to and from work, school, wherever. Off to the side, you see a Black woman stepping out for a much needed break. Her hair is on point. She is slaying with her outfit. She may be chatting with other people or […]

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Low Birth Weight Babies And Black Women: What’s The Connection?

Your baby’s weight at birth is one of the key signs that the baby is healthy. So, when the baby has a low birth weight, which means they weigh less than 5.5 pounds at birth, they could be at risk for several health issues. As newborns, they may have problems like difficulty breathing, heart problems, […]

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Breast Cancer Risk Factors: Do You Need A Breast Cancer Screening?

Ask 100 different doctors, “Do I really need a breast cancer screening?” and they might all say yes, but with 100 different caveats. In fact, some people even say that question is too controversial to even answer without knowing your personal health history. Over the years, there have been debates about: The best age to […]

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Black Women And Breast Cancer: Why Our Diagnosis And Care Are Different

Think of this: Two women are diagnosed with breast cancer. They are the same age. They have the same educational background and income level. One is Black. The other is white. Even though these women have a lot in common, their journeys with breast cancer will probably be different. Breast cancer is different for Black […]

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5 Safe-Sex Promises To Make To Yourself To Lower Your HIV Risk

You probably already know that unsafe sex is a major risk factor for getting HIV. But for some women, there’s that disconnect between what you know … and what you do. We tend to think, “I’m not crazy. I wouldn’t sleep with someone who’d give me a disease.” And unfortunately, that’s how “surprises” happen. In […]

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Preventing Diabetes: Talking To Your Doctor About Your Risk

Your mother had it. Her mother had it. A few cousins have it, too. You might be thinking, “It’s just a matter of time until I get ‘sugar.’ And I’ll probably be old when it happens.” Actually, the exact opposite is true: Type 2 diabetes (the kind that usually appears after childhood) happens to younger […]

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Campus Sexual Assault Policies Must Keep Women Safe

One in four women in college has reported being sexually assaulted. Now Betsy DeVos’ and her Department of Education may make it harder for these young ladies to get justice, and we are outraged.    The department is re-examining the investigative processes which some believe are unfairly balanced toward the victim. Candice E. Jackson, who […]


How I Found Hope Beyond Fibroids

I am one of the millions of women who are affected by fibroids. I was diagnosed with fibroids — smooth muscle tumors that form in the uterus — in 2001 at the age of 30. From that moment on, I began a 14-year battle to overcome fibroids, the resulting infertility and a litany of other medical challenges. […]

Senate’s Health Care Bill Is Bad For Black Women

After weeks of secret meetings between a handful of senators, Senate leadership has released its draft version of the House-passed plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA), and it means bad news for Black women’s health.  “The Senate’s Better Care Reconciliation Act is a half-hearted attempt to improve the House-passed Affordable Health […]

What the AHCA Means for Black Women’s Health

Thanks to the nonpartisan Office of Congressional Budget Office (CBO), we now have a better understanding of how the House-passed version of the American Health Care Act (AHCA) will affect men, women and children in America, and it doesn’t look good. Here are some of the key findings in the report: 14 million more people […]

Trump’s Budget Is Yet Another Attack on Black Women’s Health

The Black Women’s Health Imperative Criticizes the President’s Proposed Budget President Donald J. Trump’s fiscal year 2018 budget request shows his continued disregard for the health and well-being of women, particularly low-income women and women of color. What the administration refers to as ‘net savings’ is actually an attempt to dismantle the social safety net […]

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The HBCU Capital Financing Program Matters to Black Women

Since January 20th, advocates of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) have been watching to see what the new administration will do when it comes to these educational institutions. From a White House meeting-turned-photo op with HBCU presidents to Betsy DeVos’ commencement speech at Bethune-Cookman University, the administration’s actions have done little to ease the apprehensions of […]

House Vote to Repeal ACA Endangers Health of Black Women & Girls

Black Women’s Health Imperative Calls on Senate to Protect Our Access to Health Care WASHINGTON, DC (May 4, 2017) Today was a blow to Black women’s health. The House of Representatives put the health of Black women and girls, and millions more Americans, at risk by passing a bill to replace the Affordable Care Act […]

BWHI Supports Life-Saving Breast Screening Mammography Extension

Black Women’s Health Imperative Statement in Support of the Breast Screening Mammography Extension in the 2017 Omnibus Spending Bill The Black Women’s Health Imperative applauds the decision to include a one-year extension of the PALS Act in the fiscal 2017 Omnibus spending agreement. The PALS Act protects women’s access to mammograms by placing a moratorium on […]

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We All Can’t be Beyoncé: Black Women and Infertility

In case you missed the breaking news, Beyoncé and Jay Z are expecting twins. Lord knows I’m obsessed with Beyoncé and her twins. I live for her photos of her growing baby bump. But my fascination with her pregnancy goes beyond my unofficial membership in the Beyhive 🐝. Beyoncé’s pregnancy sheds some light on an […]

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What Does Lupus Look Like?

A few months ago, we held a Faces of Black Women’s Health casting call and photo shoot. It was an experience I’ll never forget, not just because I got to meet so many beautiful women of all shapes, sizes, ages, and complexions, but because I got to learn who they are as unique individuals. I got to […]

Yoga and Cancer

Cancer Sucks, But Yoga Helps

First and foremost, I’m a creative and visual artist who from a young age has also enjoyed writing and being physically active. I became hooked on yoga in my mid-thirties when my friend, Marie, took me to my first class. Much like my art practice, yoga called me to move my body in meditation, precision, […]

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The ACA Still Matters

We have a new president now: President Donald J. Trump. His administration and the majority party in both houses of Congress are promising to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA), but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t sign up for health care. In fact, it makes it more urgent for you to enroll, and enroll today! […]

Protecting Roe v. Wade: Now More Than Ever We Need Black Women Judges

This week marks the 44th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, a historic Supreme Court case that ruled a woman’s right to privacy includes her right to have a safe and legal abortion. Now, state and federal policymakers are passing laws that severely limit a woman’s ability to access that constitutional right. This past year alone, […]

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I’m a Cervivor: Cervical Cancer Survivor Shares Her Story

As we begin Cervical Cancer Awareness Month, I want Black women to know their risk for this disease. In 2001, at age 25, I was diagnosed with cervical cancer. I lost my fertility and almost my life. I made a vow to God, that if I lived I would use my voice to help others, […]

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Get Ready to Lose in 2017

“I can fit into clothes I haven’t been able to wear in five years!” That’s what one of the women in our Change Your Lifestyle. Change Your Life (CYL2) program is most proud of. CYL2 is our diabetes prevention program, but for many women, the motivation is really about their weight. They gained it, and […]

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Stop Putting the Health of Black Women and Latinas In Jeopardy

6,063. That’s how many Black women died from breast cancer in 2013.  The cancer mortality rate for Black women was 39% higher  than it is for White women. And this mortality rate is higher than any other racial or ethnic group in the U.S. And if this isn’t bad enough, according to a 2015 American […]

Five Ways To PracticeSelf-Care This Holiday Season

Five Ways to Practice Self-Care This Holiday Season

The holidays can be filled with a lot of stressful demands and tasks, like shopping, cooking, cleaning and decorating. Stress during the holiday season can not only ruin your holiday, but it can also ruin your overall health and well-being. It is unrealistic to expect the holiday season to be stress-free. So, take a moment […]

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Preparing Healthy Snacks for Football Season

Buffalo wings, pizza and potato chips may be your go-to snacks when you’re watching football or other sporting events. But they don’t have to be! One of our lifestyle coaches at our partner Black Women for Wellness has created some tasty – and healthy – new foods for you to tackle.       Chef […]

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How Dick Gregory Inspired One Woman To Become a Vegan

All Black people do not eat chicken! In fact, there are more than one million Black vegans and vegetarians in the United States alone. One of them is Tracye McQuirter, MPH. I spoke with her about why she became a vegan and what people considering adopting the lifestyle can do to make the transition. Tracye […]


World AIDS Day 2016: Seeing The Glass

Today is December 1, the annual observance of World AIDS Day. Every year, on this day, we are surrounded by messages from organizations and individuals, asking us to remember those we have lost, encouraging us to stay strong as we continue to move through this epidemic and to be hopeful about the medical breakthroughs that look so […]

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This World AIDS Day, Let’s Talk About PrEP

World AIDS Day makes me thankful for the achievements made to subdue the epidemic since it reared its ugly head in the 1980s. I was working for New York City’s Health and Hospital Corporation then. I was responsible for figuring out how many beds we needed in the hospital system to accommodate the sick and […]

Health Care Under Trump

Will My Health Care Change Under a Trump Administration?

The election results have caused many people to question what will happen to their health care coverage under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and Medicaid. So allow us to provide some clarity. Will I be without coverage at the start of the Trump presidency? No, you won’t automatically lose coverage when Donald Trump takes office […]

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Change Your Life with Yoga Vlog 8: How to Plank and Chaturanga

Everyone wants a tight, toned core, right? Well, planking is one of the best ways to strengthen your midsection. In fact, it’s a great way to tone your entire body. Watch as our lifestyle coach Tanynya Hekymara shows you the correct way to do a plank and a similar pose called chaturanga.     Tanynya Hekymara is a lifestyle […]

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A Salute to Black Women Veterans

Veterans Day is a day we set aside to honor and celebrate the men and women who have served in the United States Armed Forces, selflessly protecting us and our country. We salute and honor all of you. Today, we want to call attention to a group of veterans who are often overlooked: Black women […]

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President-Elect Trump, Protect Black Women’s Health

American voters have elected Donald J. Trump as president of the United States. Over the past 16 months, Mr. Trump has repeatedly demonstrated not only an intolerance, but also a disdain for racial and ethnic minorities, immigrants, people with disabilities and, sadly, women. Mr. Trump has said repeatedly that one of his first actions as […]

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The Connection Between HIV and Domestic Violence

We think of women’s health issues in boxes (the diabetes box, the depression box, the hypertension box). But, in fact, our health concerns are more like a maze of rooms with doors that lead from one space to another. Take HIV. We think of it as a physical illness—and it is. But it also intersects […]

Why Black Women Need To Talk About Breast Cancer Early

Why Black Women Need To Talk About Breast Cancer Early

Before she was wearing a training bra, Bonny Lisbino knew the importance of taking care of her breasts. “I remember, as a little girl, seeing a card in the shower. It had a lady with one hand up, and the other hand touching one of her breasts,” she recalled. But more important than the breast […]


Clinton, Trump and Black Women’s Health

We may think of our vote and our health as two separate things, but the two are intimately linked. For example, President Obama’s election allowed for the creation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and provided health insurance to millions of men, women and children. Also, the election of certain people to Congress has resulted […]

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3 Ways to Help Stop Domestic Violence at College

You’ve probably been hearing a lot about sexual assault recently: Donald Trump’s “locker room talk” audio tapes. Former Stanford University swimmer Brock Turner’s short six month sentence for sexual assault. Actor Nate Parker’s rape charge acquittal. The list goes on. But what you probably haven’t heard about are cases of domestic violence (sometimes called intimate […]

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Change Your Life with Yoga Vlog 6: Downward Dog, Upward Dog and Cobra

Yoga is great for your mind, body and soul. But if you don’t know how to do the poses correctly, you could be injured. Watch this video to learn the proper way to do three basic yoga poses: downward dog, upward dog and cobra. Tanynya Hekymara is a lifestyle coach for Black Women for Wellness, our Change Your […]

No More Excuses - Vlog 30: Get To Know Your Breasts

No More Excuses – Vlog 30: Get To Know Your Breasts

I’m back! This week, I want to tell you about my breast cancer scare and why it’s so important for Black women of all ages to get to know their breasts. Watch my previous No More Excuses vlogs. No More Excuses is a vlog series by Carol Winston, senior operations and engagement advisor at the […]

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Repealing Hyde Isn’t Enough, But It’s a Great First Step

When the Supreme Court declared every woman has the legal right to have an abortion in 1973, it was considered a huge win for women and their reproductive rights. However, just three short years later, Congress passed the Hyde Amendment, which bans federal tax dollars from being used to pay for abortions for women who […]

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My Breasts Are Gone And The Cancer Is, Too

It was December 23, 2010 and I was 36 years old when I was diagnosed with breast cancer. My husband had just returned home from his second deployment. To say I was shocked would be an understatement. I didn’t have any lumps, discomfort or discharge – many of the usual symptoms of breast cancer. In […]

What's Wrong With Being a Whore?

What’s Wrong With Being a Whore?

The question was raised recently during a conference that focused on HIV in the U.S. and how we can increase awareness of the use of Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) that prevents HIV infection in HIV-negative people. At the close of the conference, one of the speakers asked the audience, “What’s wrong with being a whore?” What I […]

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Change Your Life with Yoga Vlog 5: Poses for Beginners

New to yoga? Watch and learn how to do a few poses for beginners. Tanynya Hekymara is a lifestyle coach for Black Women for Wellness, our Change Your Lifestyle. Change Your Life.(CYL2) partner in Los Angeles. CYL2 is our diabetes prevention program. Click here to find a diabetes prevention program near you.

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10 Fun Ways to Get Fit with Your Kids

Regular exercise is a must to keep you healthy and energized, but let’s be honest. Sometimes, it’s just not easy to head to the gym after an exhausting day. To keep yourself fit and fabulous, make your workouts more family-oriented and fun…with your kids! Dance Through Your Chores When you listen to music while working out, you […]

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Change Your Life with Yoga Vlog 4: How to Meditate

Meditation is an essential part of yoga. Watch as I show you how to get started. Tanynya Hekymara is a lifestyle coach for Black Women for Wellness, our Change Your Lifestyle. Change Your Life.(CYL2) partner in Los Angeles. CYL2 is our diabetes prevention program. Click here to find a diabetes prevention program near you. 

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Pregnant, Homeless and HIV-positive

In 2003, I was pregnant, homeless, and HIV-positive. But worst of all, I felt completely helpless and had nowhere to turn for help. I received my diagnosis after my senior year of high school. In college, I thought I might be pregnant. I went to the doctor to make sure. The doctor confirmed the pregnancy. […]

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No More Excuses: Vlog 29 – Try Something New

I know you thought you’d gotten rid of me. But you haven’t! I was out on vacation. Now I’m back. And I want to talk to you about some fun ways to get fit and tell you how we’re celebrating our “seasoned” sistas.   Watch my previous No More Excuses vlogs. No More Excuses is […]

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Change Your Life with Yoga Vlog 3: Just Breathe

Breathing is something we do every day, all day, without even thinking about it. But yoga teaches us how to be intentional about our breaths, helping us relax, especially when we’re stressed out. Watch as I show you one of the yoga breathing styles. Tanynya Hekymara is a lifestyle coach for Black Women for Wellness, our Change Your […]

Vote Like Your Health Depends On It

The 2016 election isn’t just about Hillary Clinton versus Donald Trump. It’s about you, your health and the health of your family and community. The person you put in the White House, as well as the candidates elected to state, local and federal government will have the power to pass policies, regulations and laws that […]

Change Your Life with Yoga Vlog 2: What is yoga, really?

Yoga is much more than the physical poses you see people do in the gym or on television. It’s a union of several parts of your being. Tanynya Hekymara is a lifestyle coach for Black Women for Wellness, our Change Your Lifestyle. Change Your Life.(CYL2) partner in Los Angeles. CYL2 is our diabetes prevention program. Click here to find a diabetes […]


No More Excuses: Vlog 28 – Birthday Reflections

I’m one year older and a lot healthier thanks to three key things I learned. Plus, I’m challenging myself to do something I once thought was only for skinny women. No More Excuses is a vlog series by Carol Winston, senior operations and engagement advisor at the Black Women’s Health Imperative. After being diagnosed with […]

Change Your Life with Yoga Vlog 1: The Benefits

We’re starting a new vlog series called Change Your Life with Yoga! And we’re kicking it off talking about the physical and spiritual benefits of yoga. Tanynya Hekymara will be our yoga guide throughout the series. Watch as she explains how yoga got her through her brother and father’s deaths. Tanynya Hekymara is a lifestyle coach for Black Women for […]

No More Excuses: Vlog 27 – Black Women & Fibroids

 July is Fibroids Awareness Month! 80 percent of women will have fibroids before their 50th birthday, yet, there still isn’t awareness about the issue and women – Black women especially – continue to suffer in silence. We’re working with The White Dress Project to create change! Watch my previous No More Excuses vlogs.   No […]

4 Lies Stopping You From Getting Tested for HIV

  With a black shirt that read, “HAVING SEX?” in bold, pink letters, I walked through the streets of Washington DC, telling people the importance of getting tested for HIV and pointing them in the direction of a van where they could get tested for free. I have to admit, walking through a predominantly Black […]

Mom Inspires “Miracle Baby” to Fight for Fibroids Awareness

  July is Fibroid Awareness Month, but only in few states across the country. It’s not national awareness month because there aren’t enough people talking about it! But Tanika Gray Valbrun, founder of our partner The White Dress Project, is fighting to change things. And her battle started before she was even born. I sat […]

Point Blank – Another Black Life Lost

  Alton Sterling was Black, 37 years old, a father of five, and as he had done many times, selling CDs outside of a local store in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. For this, he was shot multiple times at point-blank range by a policeman. His children are left to grieve and contemplate a future without a […]

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No More Excuses: Vlog 26 – Take Care of Your Mental Health

I’m sharing something with you very few people know. I have a therapist. And I go to him on a regular basis because I get to unload everything I’m dealing with. It’s imperative for my mental health, and since it’s National Minority Mental Health Month, I’m challenging you to take steps to take care of […]

No More Excuses: Vlog 25 – Getting Healthy Is a Family Affair

I have a special treat for you this week. You’ll meet one of my brothers! Changing my lifestyle and changing my life hasn’t just had an impact on me, it’s impacted him too. Watch his story. Are you at risk for prediabetes? Click here to find out.  Watch my previous No More Excuses vlogs.     […]

SCOTUS Abortion Decision A Huge Win, But Battle Continues

  Women, the highest court in the land has reaffirmed your constitutional right to the abortion access! Today, the Supreme Court ruled a Texas law, which requires abortion clinics to meet the standards of outpatient surgical centers and doctors to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals, is unconstitutional.   Supporters of the Texas Targeted Regulation […]

Mother with HIV Wants You To Know Your Status

  1 in 32 Black women is expected to be infected with HIV in her lifetime. Masonia Traylor, one of my good friends, is one of those women. I talked to her about how she got infected and what her advice is for those who are both HIV positive and HIV negative.    How were you […]

No More Excuses: Vlog 24 – Get Active. Know Your Status.

It’s been a great week! I’m drinking more water, but need to get active again – walking, running and moving more.  One thing YOU need to do is know your status. Monday is National HIV Testing Day, so go get tested! Help us spread the word by signing on to our Thunderclap. Just click here.  […]

Found Out You Have Diabetes? 5 Things You Should Know!

  I recall several years ago when my mother was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. Without any information from her doctor, we were left to figure things out on our own. This is common for many families. One of the first things I learned was how, in my own family, there was no agreement on what being told […]

No More Excuses: Vlog 23 – Just Move!

Okay, last week I told you I was learning how to skate. I was going to show you video of my first attempt, but it was bad. Really bad. I looked like Frankenstein and had fear and terror in my eyes. So, as soon as I learn how to at least walk on skates – not […]

SCOTUS, Prove You Care About Women’s Health

      Any day now, the Supreme Court will announce its decision in the most important abortion case in 20 years: Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt. The case centers on a Texas Targeted Regulation of Abortion Providers, or TRAP, law which requires abortion clinics to meet the standards of outpatient surgical centers, and doctors […]

No More Excuses: Vlog 20 – Relationships Should Be Renewable

I’m back from vacation and feeling great. I have my summer haircut, and I’m back into my busy schedule. This week one of my friends is suffering due to her unhealthy relationship; crying every day and feeling terrible about herself. It has me thinking, should relationships come with a renewal and expiration date? Click this […]

Two Things You Need to Change Your Lifestyle and Your Life

  What does it take for you to change your lifestyle and change your life? That’s a question many experts have studied for years. Most agree it takes two things: Self-confidence Motivation Self-confidence is your belief that you really can change your behavior. Motivation is your desire to change a particular behavior. As Change Your […]

No More Excuses: Vlog 19 – Love Your Body

I’m on vacation in paradise! And I’ve noticed that the women here in Aruba are so confident about their bodies, no matter what size or shape they are. And it’s a lesson to all of us, especially Black women. We have to start loving our bodies and all of their imperfections. Stop trying to sculpt […]

No More Excuses: Vlog 18 – You Deserve a Break

I’m taking a break! No work. No emails. No phone. I’m taking a few days to just do me so I can be stress-free and continue to improve my health. What do you like to do to unwind?  Oh, and did I mention, I’m in Aruba! Click this link to watch my previous No More […]

How To Live and Thrive with Lupus

  I’d heard of lupus before. I remember Toni Braxton announcing she had the disease a few years ago on her reality show. But I never took the time to learn more about it until I recently when I found out one of my cousins has lupus.  Lupus is a disease where your immune system starts […]

Improve Your Health In Just 7 Minutes a Day

  We get it. You’re busy. But we bet you can squeeze in 7 minutes for this quick workout. It’s proven to be just as – if not more – effective than working out for hours at a time. Download this workout  Sources The Scientific 7-Minute Workout (May 12, 2013) New York Times Magazine American College […]

Colleges & Universities: Take Rape Seriously!

  Most colleges tell their incoming students, “Look to the left, look to the right. One of you won’t be here by the end of the year.” What they should be telling them is that 1 in 4 of the young women in the room is likely to be sexually assaulted on campus.  After financial concerns, sexual […]

No More Excuses: Vlog 17 – Work-Life Balance

I’ve been struggling with work-life balance. I can’t work 24/7 and continue to be physically and emotionally healthy and stress-free. It’s impossible. So I’m making a commitment to practice work-life balance and I’m challenging you to do it too!     Click this link to watch my previous No More Excuses vlogs.   No More Excuses […]

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It’s been a great week! I’m drinking more water, but need to get active again – walking, running and moving more.  One thing YOU need to do is know your status. Monday is National HIV Testing Day, so go get tested! Help us spread the word by signing on to our Thunderclap.

No More Excuses: Vlog 16 – Challenge Yourself

This weekend I’m doing something I’ve never done before. And I’m challenging you to do something new too! Stretch yourself. Challenge yourself. Black women are strong and resilient. I know you can do it! Click this link to watch my previous No More Excuses vlogs.     No More Excuses is a vlog series by Carol […]

No More Excuses: Vlog 15 – Remove Negativity

I’m back! Thanks for all the advice you shared to help me move past my weight loss plateau! I’m putting them into action. Now I have a little advice for you: Let it go! The “it” I’m talking about is negativity. Watch as I explain. Click this link to watch my previous No More Excuses […]

Thank You, Secretary Lew, for Honoring Harriet Tubman

Dear Secretary Lew,   Thank you for honoring the legacy of Harriet Tubman in such a historic way.    Black women are inherently strong and resilient, and there is no greater example of that than Harriet Tubman. She courageously won her own freedom, then repeatedly risked re-enslavement and death to free hundreds of Black men, […]

No More Excuses: Vlog 14 – I’m stuck!

  I’ve reached a plateau in my weight loss journey. I’m not gaining any weight, but I’m not losing any weight either. I’m stuck! What advice do you have to help me overcome this and reach my goal? Email me at or tweet me at @nmebwhi. Click this link to watch my previous No More Excuses […]

Type 2 Diabetes is Not Our Destiny

      As a child, as common as ‘sugar’ was and as much as it caused folks to have amputations, it just never occurred to me that this was such a serious disease. It was just something we accepted. Several years ago, my girlfriend’s mom experienced three amputations as a result of diabetes complications […]

Are You At Risk for Diabetes? Here’s One Way to Find Out

  One out of three adults has prediabetes, the condition where your blood sugar (glucose) level is higher than normal, but not high enough to be diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. It’s a red flag letting you know you need to make some changes or you will more than likely develop type 2 diabetes. In […]

No More Excuses: Vlog 13 – Stress and Family

Stress is something we all deal with from time to time. But it doesn’t just affect us. Our stress also impacts our family – the very same people who, if we allow them to, can also help us manage it. Let me tell you a story about my brother. Click this link to watch my […]

One Thing You Can Do to Reduce Your Risk of Diabetes

      Whether you call it sugar or diabetes, the illness can be deadly. Just this week, Phife Dawg, a member of the rap group A Tribe Called Quest, died from complications of type 1 diabetes. He was just 45 years old.   He knew he had diabetes. He’d been diagnosed. But the sad […]

Protect Women’s Rights to Contraceptive Care

    Is our health worth 10 minutes? In its consideration of the Zubik v. Burwell case, the Supreme Court has a chance to correct a longstanding and systemic history of infringement of Black women’s reproductive rights: unequal access to contraception care and coverage. The case centers on challenges from religiously affiliated nonprofit organizations that […]

Meet Our Interns!

  We have three amazing interns from Morgan State University on our team this semester! We asked them to tell you a little bit about themselves and why they’re so motivated to improve Black women’s health.     Shanice Benton My name is Shanice Benton and I’m from Fort Washington, Maryland. I’m currently pursuing an education […]

How To Improve Your Life with Juicing – Vlog 2 – Great Greens

Green leafy vegetables aren’t just good for eating, they’re also great for juicing! I stopped by the produce section of my local grocery store to show you which greens you should add to your juice recipes. Coach Callie is a lifestyle coach for Urban Health Resouce, our Change Your Lifestyle. Change Your Life.(CYL2) partner in Detroit. CYL2 is our […]

Lacing Up and Walking for Health

We’ve launched a challenge, encouraging Black women to take care of their bodies, and show us how they’re doing it by posting photos and videos to social media using #BWHICHALLENGE. In light of that challenge, we’re highlighting an organization that is improving Black women’s health one step at a time.   What happens when one […]

No More Excuses: Vlog 9 – I’m Going to the Gym

Hey everybody! I’ve started going to the gym and my body is loving and hating me at the same time. It’s especially difficult since I fell off the health and fitness wagon recently. Please tell me I’m not the only one! And send me some encouragement to keep me motivated. I could really use it.

How To Improve Your Life with Juicing – Vlog 1

You are what you eat. We’ve all heard that expression. And it’s true! Food is naturally healing, and when you eat wholesome foods, you heal not only your body, but your mind and spirit too. One of the easiest ways to add nutritious fruits and vegetables to your diet is through juicing. It’s one of […]

No More Excuses: Vlog 8 – Glad February is Over

I went to five funerals in February and March is starting out badly too. But it’s a reminder to all of us to take control of our lives and improve our health. Click this link to watch my previous No More Excuses vlogs.   No More Excuses is a vlog series by Carol Winston, special assistant […]

How to Stop Social Cues from Wrecking Your Healthy Food Choices

Sometimes I think losing weight is the most common topic of conversation and thought among Black and Hispanic women.  This conversation is especially common at this time of year with Spring just on the horizon. But, in reality, we talk about weight all year long. No matter what else is going on in our lives, somehow […]

No More Excuses: Vlog 7- My First Smoothie

Hi everyone! Last week I told you that I took the leap and bought a Nutri Ninja so I can start making smoothies. Well, I made my first one. Take a look! PS: My phone started ringing toward the end, so the video freezes up a bit. Click this link to watch my previous No […]

Fun Ways to Reach to Your Fitness Goals in 2016

January has come and gone and, for some people including myself, the excitement of sticking to New Year’s Resolutions has fizzled. You’ve probably already noticed the gyms are becoming less crowded as people give up on their fitness goals. So I’m partnering with the Black Women’s Health Imperative to keep you motivated and on track to […]

No More Excuses: Vlog 6 – I Finally Got a Nutri Ninja!

I’m getting on the smoothie and juicing bandwagon. My son talked me into getting a Nutri Ninja. Please share some recipe ideas! Leave them in the comments, email me at or post on social media using #NoMoreExcuses16. Click this link to watch my previous No More Excuses vlogs.       No More Excuses is a […]

No More Excuses: Vlog 5 – The Secret Underneath My Clothes

Like a lot of women, I never leave home without the secret weapon I keep underneath my clothes. Now I’m ready to reveal my secret. What’s your No More Excuses story? What are you changing to improve your life this year? Share your story with me at or post them on social media using […]

Stop! In the Name of Love

Valentine’s Day! Red hearts, pink roses, lots of chocolate and plenty of “baby-making” music to put us in the mood for love…and sex. Well, let me tell you why Stop! In the Name of Love should be your theme song this Valentine’s Day. You know the song by the Supremes. A woman pleads with her lover to […]

No More Excuses: Vlog 4 – Stress Sent Me to the Hospital

The last few weeks have been pretty crazy for me. I had to be hospitalized twice! And it was all because of stress. Do you have any advice about the best way to beat stress? Let me know in the comments below. And please share your No More Excuses story with me on social media […]

Healthy and Tasty Super Bowl Snacks

Everybody knows the best part of the Super Bowl, besides the commercials, is the food! Here are a few healthy and tasty recipes from our Lifestyle Coaches you can make for the big game.   HOMEMADE GUACAMOLE WITH BLUE CORN CHIPS   (Picture from   Ingredients: Avocados (3 to 5) Sweet Onion (1/2) Garlic Cloves […]

Early Breast Cancer Screening is Especially Critical for Black Women

The Black Women’s Health Imperative was the only women’s health non-profit invited to participate in the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists Breast Cancer Screening Consensus Conference in January. Researchers from the American Cancer Society, U.S. Preventive Services Task Force and National Cancer Institute presented science that backs their recommended changes in screening mammography guidelines. As […]

10 Ways to Control Your Emotional Eating

  Food feeds the soul. It feeds the spirit. It brings us joy. Sometimes, it even fills the holes in our lives. And for many women, food is one of the best – although temporary – solutions to feeling bad. Even when we are making steps to eat healthier, we sometimes get stressed, get into […]

No More Excuses: Vlog 3 – I Survived the Blizzard

I survived the big blizzard of 2016! Jonas. Snowpocalypse. Whatever you want to call it, I made it through! Almost 29 inches of snow fell in my yard, and shoveling, snowblowing and scraping it away gave me a workout you wouldn’t believe! Take a look at the before and after. Even with a blizzard, there […]

Start Your Day Off Right with These Healthy Breakfast Recipes

In honor of National Breakfast Week week, we asked some of our Change Your Lifestyle. Change Your Life coaches for healthy (and delicious) breakfast recipes. These recipes will help you start your day off right and help support your healthy lifestyle goals. Tomato-Spinach Frittata (Kimberly Lovelady, Fundamental Health Solutions) (makes 2 servings) 2 tablespoons coconut […]

No More Excuses: Vlog 2 – My “Before”

Hello. I’m back! Last week, I told you about my battle with diabetes and hypertension and invited you on along on my journey to health. Well, this week, you are getting the REAL me! ALL of me! Take a look. The main reason I’m doing this is because I know my journey will help someone […]

No More Excuses: Vlog 1 – Intro

Our mission at the Black Women’s Health Imperative is not just work for me. It’s personal. Let me explain. Like many Black women, I haven’t put myself or my health first. Now, I’m paying the price and the payment is diabetes and hypertension. But no more! This is my year of No More Excuses! I’m […]

Yes, We Want Some of Your Powerball Winnings

Dear Powerball winner, I know you’re busy changing your phone number, figuring out the most epic way to quit your job and seriously contemplating when and where to swim through your cash like Scrooge McDuck. But please, allow me to cut to the front of the line of people who will be asking you for a […]

No New Year’s Resolution…but a New Year for Me

I’ve never been one to make New Year’s resolutions.  Growing up, I saw too many adults in my life make resolutions – to lose weight; stop smoking; volunteer more – all the promises we make – to no one in particular – to be better people in the new year.  And for as many reasons […]