It was time to do what had never been done before. Celebrities, media personalities, policy makers, doctors, faith leaders and community stakeholders all gathered for a private roundtable to discuss the issue of uterine fibroids. This condition will affect 80% of Black women in the US. These statistics should make uterine fibroids a major public health priority. Join us in our new initiative UNMUTING FIBROIDS.
There is far more right with black women than wrong. Black women are resilient, powerful, innovative, and much more. We are Passionate about showcasing their lived experiences through a lens of hope, while ensuring that we provide advocacy and resources to sustain that hope both now and for generations to come.
If we lived in a society where health equity was a reality, here’s what we know about Black women:
There would be 2,400
fewer deaths due to breast cancer each year
Infant mortality rates
would drop by 35 %
The average life expectancy
would rise from 78 years to 82 years – exceeding that of white women
High school and college
graduation rates would increase by 50 % and 25 %, respectively
The poverty rate for
Black women and their families would be cut in half
The net impact to the
U.S. economy would be $250-$300 billion