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Polycystic Ovary Syndrome – Who Knew?

Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS). Have you ever heard of it? Do you know what it is? Do you know if you have it? Why is this condition such a secret when between 5% and 10% of women of reproductive age (18–44) are affected, and as many as 5 million women in the U.S. may suffer from it?
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Black Women’s Health Imperative Publishes Its First National Health Policy Agenda to Educate and Empower Black Voters

WASHINGTON, D.C., (September 14, 2018)– Today, the Black Women’s Health Imperative (BWHI), released the first national policy agenda on Black women’s health priorities entitled, Black Women Vote: The 2018 National Health Policy Agenda (the Agenda), to ensure the health needs of Black women and girls are addressed at the federal and state levels during the
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Women’s Health Advocates Applaud USPSTF Decision To Retain Co-Testing in Cervical Cancer Screening Guidelines

Co-testing (a combined Pap and HPV test) has been shown to be the most effective screening strategy for early disease detection. WASHINGTON – Today, leading women’s health care organizations expressed support for the United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) decision to retain co-testing (a combined Pap and HPV test) in its final cervical cancer
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BWHI – Honoring the Life and Legacy of Aretha Franklin

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE DATE: August 17, 2018  CONTACT:  Lydia Sermons (301.526-0374) Antonice Jackson (734.812.4423) WASHINGTON, DC – Today, the Black Women’s Health Imperative issued the following statement in honor of the life and legacy of Aretha Franklin. “The Black Women’s Health Imperative joins with our collective community in mourning the death of Aretha Franklin, the
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No More Shame: CPTSD, Me & You!

I can feel it in my entire body. Sometimes it happens at work. A wave of panic and I’m overwhelmed by emotion. My stomach is in knots, and I can feel the tears in my eyes starting to form. In that moment, I’m no longer the adult typing away at my computer. I’m thrown back
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Spread the word – Type 2 Diabetes Can Be Prevented!

I am amazed at how much we have learned about managing and preventing type 2 diabetes over the past few years. I recall a time —which now seems like not so long ago — when I wondered why more attention wasn’t given to a condition that appeared to be totally devastating our communities. Now, diabetes
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No Skimping on Myself, No Running on Fumes

After years of fighting to provide more meaningful platforms to help increase awareness of racism in government, academia, and philanthropy, I was beaten. The choice seemed simple. I would ditch my social justice career for something light and fun. I needed more joy and less pain in my life. As I relayed these sentiments to
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Bearing the Burden of Being a Black Woman in America

Five women went out to do what thousands of women do on a nice spring day—grab their clubs and go out for a round of golf. What makes this different is that these five women are Black. They are dues-paying members of the golf club. And they were threatened with police action if they didn’t
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Black Women Vote: The 2018 National Health Policy Agenda

Overview The health crisis faced by Black women and girls has spiraled in the wrong direction. Now is the time for policymakers, health care providers, and community-based organizations to pay close attention to the adverse effects of disparate funding, unhealthy conditions and social attitudes about the well-being of Black women. This executive summary outlines the Black
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Just Because You Lost or Left Your Job…Doesn’t Mean You Have to Go Without Health Care Coverage

At BWHI we understand the importance of being able to seek health care when you need it. We also know the impact of the threats to women’s health that can happen when coverage is at risk. And although the open enrollment period for 2018 coverage is over, you still have an opportunity to enroll or
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It Might Not Be Too Late to Get 2018 Health Care Coverage.

At BWHI we understand the importance of being able to seek health care when you need it. We also know the impact of the threats to women’s health that can happen when coverage is at risk. And although the open enrollment period for 2018 coverage is over, you still have an opportunity to enroll or
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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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