Black Women’s Health Imperative

Signatory: Linda Goler Blount, President & CEO

Joined: August 2016

Contact: Linda Goler Blount, President & CEO

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The Black Women’s Health Imperative is the only national organization dedicated to improving the health and wellness of our nation’s 21 million Black women and girls, and as such is committed to the aims of the Collaborative to Advance Equity through Research for Black women and girls. The Black Women’s Health Imperative analyzes multiple sources of interconnecting consumer and epidemiological data to understand what Black women think about their health, how they seek health care, and how they interact with their providers. The Imperative then translates the existing research into language and education materials the everyday Black woman can understand and act on. Our messages and products also strengthen the work of our partners and provide actionable intelligence at the district and zip code level for members of Congress.

Recognizing the imperative to act is fundamental to the history of the Black Women’s Health Imperative. Founded as the National Black Women’s Health Project in 1983 by health care activist Byllye Avery, the organization was renamed to reinforce a change in strategic direction. This shift moved the organization beyond merely documenting the health inequities that exist for Black women, to also focus on actionable steps to eliminate them. Our work reflects an asset-based approach to Black women’s health and wellness, which provides a platform to elevate policy, programs and investment in health equity for Black women across the lifespan. Current initiatives of the Imperative focus on chronic disease prevention and risk reduction, reproductive justice, and lifestyle and wellness to ensure that Black women live longer, healthier, more prosperous lives.

“Our work reflects an asset-based approach to black women’s health and wellness, which provides a platform to elevate policy, programs and investment in health equity for Black women across the lifespan.”

Linda Goler Blount, President & CEO