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 – physically, emotionally and financially.
Black women enjoy optimal health and wellbeing in a socially just society.
To lead the effort to solve the most pressing health issues that affect Black women and girls in the U.S. Through investments in evidence-based strategies, we deliver bold new programs and advocate health promoting policies
To increase the number of healthy Black women in the U.S. from 9.5 million to 12.5 million by 2020.
Health care activist Byllye Avery founded the Black Women's Health Imperative after a conference at Spelman College in 1983. Originally called the National Black Women's Health Project, the name was changed to the Imperative to reinforce the need to move beyond merely documenting the health inequities that exist for Black women and to focus on actionable steps to eliminate them. To accomplish that goal, we:
Advocate for policies that improve health outcomes for Black women and families.
Educate and train the next generation of leaders who will build the Black women's health movement.
Amplify the voices of Black women to shift public perception and policies for social change.
Mobilize and engage women and organizations to pursue greater opportunities for gender and racial justice.
Promote evidence and practice-based lifestyle change models that provide strategies for individuals and families to address health inequities.
Synthesize, translate and disseminate information and research findings to strengthen the knowledge base on Black women's health.