BLACK
WOMEN
VOTE:

The 2019 National Health Policy Agenda

 

 

 

  • Overview
  • Executive Summary
  • Policy Agenda

Black Women Vote: The 2019 National Health Policy Agenda

Dear Supporters:

The Black Women’s Health Imperative (BWHI) is excited to release its legislative agenda, Black Women Vote: National Health Policy Agenda to build upon Black women’s political influence, ballot power, and commitment to civic participation. 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. 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 and 2018 election seasons, and we will continue to be invaluable as leaders going into the presidential election in 2020. 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, 2019 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.

Sincerely:

 

 

 

Linda Goler-Blount
President and CEO

 

Black Women Vote: The 2019 National Health Policy Agenda

Dear Supporters:

The Black Women’s Health Imperative (BWHI) is excited to release its legislative agenda, Black Women Vote: National Health Policy Agenda to build upon Black women’s political influence, ballot power, and commitment to civic participation. 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. 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 and 2018 election seasons, and we will continue to be invaluable as leaders going into the presidential election in 2020. 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, 2019 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.

Sincerely:

 

 

 

Linda Goler-Blount
President and CEO

 

Executive Summary

The health crisis faced by Black women and girls has spiraled. Policymakers, health care providers, and communitybased organizations must pay close attention to the adverse effects of disparate funding, underrepresented research, unhealthy conditions, and social attitudes about the wellbeing of Black women. The Black Women’s Health Imperative (BWHI) presents Black Women Vote: National Health Policy Agenda, a foundational policy blueprint to be executed by Black women. It offers evidence to both policymakers and practitioners as to why the health and wellness of more than 21 million Black women matters in the United States.

For 35 years, BWHI has been the only national organization dedicated solely to improving the health and wellness of Black women and girls physically, emotionally, and financially. BWHI advances and promotes Black women’s health through three focus areas: Wellness Programs; Policy and Advocacy; and Research Translation.

In the areas of policy and advocacy, BWHI evaluates and develops national and state public policies to address the most critical issues facing Black women’s health. These include:

  • Reproductive health and justice
  • Maternal mortality and morbidity
  • Cardiovascular disease and hypertension
  • Breast, lung, colorectal and cervical cancer
  • Diabetes
  • HIV/AIDS
  • Mental health

What is the National Health Agenda for Black Women?

The National Health Policy Agenda for Black Women was created to help inform and support partnerships with policymakers and other stakeholders on the critical health policy issues that impact and improve the well-being of Black women. This Agenda also provides an opportunity for voters to engage in substantive policy discussions – particularly around key health policy issues impacting Black women and girls – and to seek meaningful solutions.

In 2018, Black Women demonstrated their political power, and will so again in 2020. With 603 Black women running for elected office in 2018, the opportunity to leverage their voice could not be timelier. At the federal level alone, there are a record 97 Black women running for Congress. BWHI’s policy agenda provides a roadmap to measure candidates’ overall support of issues that disproportionately impact Black women. It is a tool to hold lawmakers accountable at a time when many of our public policies and programs are under attack.

The Agenda also serves as a pathway for key decision-makers who are being tasked with taking action on behalf of their constituencies. This targeted policy approach will ensure that Black women’s health outcomes from birth to death are not treated as secondary to those of other women in our country.

 

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