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2020 Impact Report

Impact Report

Persevering Toward the Promise: 2020 Impact Report

This year marked the beginning of the 38th year of the Black Women’s Health Imperative. We continue to be the number one source for health and wellness for Black women. During this year, with your generous support we have been able to reach thousands more women through our programs and campaigns targeting the issues that matter to us.

Black women are everywhere, and Black women are important. The BWHI team worked tirelessly in 2020 to make sure that we were listening to you and providing you with the resources you need to stay healthy; mentally, and physically. The health and wellness of Black women must be protected, and we plan to continue these efforts in 2021. Join us this year, we welcome your support as we continue to grow.

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Surviving & Thriving

COVID-19 Pandemic Survival Guide for Black Women and Their Families

To equip Black women to protect themselves, their families, and their communities, BWHI is pleased to release Surviving & Thriving. This pandemic survival guide tells the story of how the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting us, Black women, and empowers us to take actions that keep us healthy, safe, and resilient. The guide describes the scope of the health, economic, and social impacts of the pandemic; provides practical tips and resources that Black women can use to mitigate the severity of those impacts, and calls policymakers to account with lists of concrete recommendations for addressing our needs and ending the disparities we experience.

We know what it means to be Black women in this country, in this moment. We know the stakes are high and the consequences are quite literally life or death. And so, we offer this guide to amplify Black women’s voices, to assert, more powerfully than ever, that our lives matter.

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Surviving & Thriving
Equity in Rare Diseases

Action Plan and Coalition Overview

Charting the Path Forward for Equity in Rare Diseases

The Rare Disease Diversity Coalition (RDDC) formed under the leadership of the Black Women’s Health Imperative (BWHI) to help address the extraordinary challenges faced by rare disease patients of color. As advocates for patients who deal with dual struggles—to be included in the promise of scientific advancements that improve health outcomes and not be left behind because of their rare condition or their race—the leaders of RDDC envision a unique opportunity to contribute to progress for both the rare disease and health disparities movements. This paper will describe the journey that RDDC is taking to contribute to real and significant progress.

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Black Women Vote

Black Women Vote: The 2020-2021 National Health Policy Agenda

building upon Black women’s political influence, ballot power, and commitment to civic participation

Black women have navigated danger in America for centuries. Our humanity, our safety, and our rights are devalued in the workplace, doctor’s offices, classrooms, and our own neighborhoods. As the brutal and reckless police murder of Breonna Taylor demonstrated, we are not protected even when asleep in our own homes. The need for change in every system, from education to housing to health care, is urgent.

In response, the Black Women’s Health Imperative (BWHI) has updated our Black Women Vote: National Health Policy Agenda for 2020 to include a fifth pillar, Social Justice. This new section addresses the issues of police violence, sexual assault, and incarceration. The 2018 agenda’s four pillars focus on Access to Quality and Affordable Health Care, Equitable Responses to Public Health Emergencies, Sufficient Diversity in Clinical Research, and Increased Funding to Support Historically Black Colleges and Universities. Under each pillar, the Agenda includes a thorough yet non-exhaustive list of the most pressing health issues facing Black women today, with concrete policy recommendations to help move toward real solutions.

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Fact Sheet

COVID-19 Relief for Communities of Color

This fact sheet is offered to black women, who are also the nation’s business owners, employees, students and heads of households. While the information provided is generally available to the range of businesses and families in the U.S., we offer it as a one-stop shop for useful information that is part of national relief for COVID-19. The document also shares meaningful health information to ensure that black women, their families and communities are adequately covered during this global pandemic.

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COVID-19 Fact Sheet
2019 Impact Report - BWHI

Impact Report

#WEDIDTHAT – 2019 Impact Report

In 2019, the Black Women’s Health Imperative continued on its quest to positively impact the lives of Black women across this nation by developing and implementing programs, policy positions and educational resources to address pressing health issues. The work of the organization was made possible in part by the generous donations of corporate partners, foundations and donors who believe in our mission, and for that we are grateful. Enclosed are some highlights that demonstrate our mission in action and the impact that the support of our donors has had in communities across the country.

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HIV/AIDS Policy Agenda


The HIV/AIDS Policy Agenda for Black Women

The HIV/AIDS Policy Agenda for Black Women covers several vital issues, which include prevention of future HIV infections and identifying research priorities, access to comprehensive treatment for all Black women living with HIV, and the provision of essential supports, beyond medical treatment, that improve the emotional and physical wellbeing of Black women who are living with HIV.

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INDEXUS - What Healthy Black Women Can Teach Us About Health


What Healthy Black Women Can Teach Us About Health

Get the first health index based on healthy Black women. Download your copy of IndexUS: What Healthy Black Women Can Teach Us About Health today!

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Water, Health, and Equity

The Infrastructure Crisis Facing Low-Income Communities & Communities of Color — and How to Solve It

All too often, our water infrastructure is failing our communities—especially vulnerable populations, such as low-income communities and communities of color. Over time, infrastructure investments have closely followed the geography of wealth. As a result, higher income areas enjoy high-quality infrastructure while low-income areas have suffered decades of underinvestment and disinvestment. People of color live in areas with higher rates of contaminated water, stormwater and wastewater overflows, and increased risks of flooding.

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