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Postpartum Depression While Black

“Give it to God,” a phrase that many of us in the Black community hear when things aren’t going the way we expect them to. And to me, this is what being Black while suffering from mental illness sounds like. Statistics show that up to 20 percent of women develop a perinatal mental health illness,
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BWHI is Helping to Save Lives Through Advocacy

Three months ago we sent out a reminder that the PALS Act moratorium on the USPSTF breast cancer screening guidelines would be expiring at the end of this calendar year 2018 (December 31, 2018). Since then BWHI has worked with Congressional Appropriators, and we are pleased to tell you that the Omnibus Appropriations agreement for
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BWHI CEO Urges Congress to Reauthorize Violence Against Women Act

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, the Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing on “The Need to Reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA),” a federal bill created to address domestic and sexual violence that was first passed in 1994 and most recently reauthorized in 2013. The hearing featured testimony from the Office on Violence Against Women,
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BWHI Takes a Stand on Gun Violence and So Should You

The Black Women’s Health Imperative has represented the voices of mothers, wives, partners, sisters, and daughters for 35 years. Today we stand together against gun violence like the incident that claimed the lives of 17 students and faculty at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida this past week. These deaths and all the
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Heart Disease Homework: A Guide To Getting Your Family History

  What do your almond-shaped eyes and beautiful skin have in common with heart disease? They can all run in the family. The keyword here is “can.” If you have a family history of heart disease, you aren’t guaranteed to develop it, but it can mean you’re at a higher risk. It can work the
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Heart Disease In Black Women: The Big Issue You Might Not Know About

This post was originally published in July 2017 and has been republished for Heart Health Month. Here’s one simple question: Do you care about your health? Most people would answer, “Of course I do.” Okay, so let’s assume you do. Then, here’s another question. Do you know that as a Black woman, you have a
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National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day – Raising Awareness with a National Network, the New Normal

Today is Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. And so often the awareness of how HIV/AIDS impacts Black women falls between the cracks, but it is so real. Did you know that the CDC estimates that 230,000 women in the US have been diagnosed with HIV? Or that Black women have been disproportionately impacted? This doesn’t include the number of Black
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Not One More: Why Access to Cervical Cancer Screening Saves Black Women’s Lives

For the Black women whose bodies have always been the target of disparate treatment and whose lives are at stake through each change to our current healthcare system. You deserve more. I never met her, but I love her. Cervical cancer cut Cleo Elizabeth Berry’s life short. She raised 5 Black boys and 1 Black
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Women’s Health Organizations Launch New Care Women Deserve Campaign

It’s no secret that women have different health needs than men — especially when it comes to preventive care. To address the unique care women need, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) requires most insurance plans to cover women’s preventive services along with other recommended preventive services at no out-of-pocket costs to them. Prior to the
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MSK CHALLENGE UPDATE

The Black Women’s Health Imperative would like to give a shout out to all the participants in the MSK Challenge! You’ve generated lots of buzz about the competition and we’ve received some exciting and engaging videos expressing the importance of Reproductive Justice (RJ) in our lives. Judging by the response, it’s clear that young women
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BWHI Opposes Disastrous Senate Tax Bill

WASHINGTON, DC (December 2, 2017) Today, the U.S. Senate voted 51 to 49 to pass the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. The bill was approved by the Senate Finance Committee earlier this week and voted on early this morning by the Senate after hours of formal debate and last-minute changes. Notably, the bill includes a
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BWHI Launches The New Network, The New Normal on World AIDS Day

Today is World AIDS Day. For over 30 years, BWHI has lived this year’s theme, the Right to Health, in its mission and its vision for the health and wellness of Black women. Today we are elated to announce the launch of The New Network, The New Normal, a national strategy to improve sexual health
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