The 2018 National Health Policy Agenda
The Black Women’s Health Imperative (BWHI) is excited to release its inaugural legislative agenda, Black Women Vote: The 2018 National Health Policy Agenda to build upon Black women’s political influence, ballot power, and commitment to civic participation for the upcoming elections.
Given the current political climate – in which everything from voting rights, environmental protections, and pay equity to women’s autonomy under Roe v. Wade is under attack – it is imperative that Black women lead the charge to protect these rights and disrupt health disparities through strategic policy and advocacy.
The agenda is based on four pillars: Access to Quality and Affordable Health Care; Equitable Responses to Public Health Emergencies; Sufficient Diversity in Clinical Research; and Increased Funding to Support HBCUs. 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.
When Black women galvanize, organize, and strategize around the social, economic, and political issues most important to us, we change the material conditions of our communities and the entire nation. It is 2018, and Black communities still suffer from a lack of wealth and adequate resources. We also suffer from a lack of access to quality and affordable health care, environmental pollution, and other inequities that all contribute to negative health outcomes. BWHI is releasing this agenda with the hope that it will be expanded upon and applied widely to ensure progress on these issues for years to come.
Black women were integral in shaping the platforms and issues during the 2016 election season, and we will continue to be invaluable as leaders going into midterms this year. This agenda will give the nation a modern blueprint for how to solve health inequities for Black women and girls. However, this document will only be as powerful as the policymakers, practitioners, academics, and community leaders who embrace its foundation.
Given the impact women made on recent political outcomes, 2018 has been called the “Year of the Woman”. This is why the work of BWHI matters even more today and for the future. Join us as we continue to amplify Black women’s leadership to push this agenda forward. Black women’s health, the health of our families and communities, and the health of the nation as a whole depend on it.
President and CEO