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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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National organizations support outreach efforts for NIH’s All of Us Research Program

Fourteen national community groups and health care provider associations have partnered with the All of Us Research Program, part of the National Institutes of Health, to help raise awareness about the program—an effort to engage 1 million or more volunteers across the country to build one of the largest, most diverse datasets of its kind for health
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ACA Enrollment Is Open – #GETCOVERED #ENROLLHER17

This is the kick off of a very important 45 days for Black women and our health and wellness. It is the first day of the open enrollment period for coverage under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Last year the enrollment period for 2017 lasted until December 30, 2016. By cutting the enrollment period to
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Newest Repeal Bill Is Yet Another Attack On Black Women’s Health

WASHINGTON, DC (September 19, 2017)This past week Senators Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Bill Cassidy (R-LA) introduced a bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The bill, referred to as the Graham-Cassidy bill, contains much of the same harmful provisions that were included in previous efforts by the House and Senate to repeal the ACA.
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Four Ways to Help Someone Who is Suicidal

Summer 2012 goes down in history as one of my roughest seasons in life. On the inside, I was filled with potential, but my outside circumstances told a different story. I looked in the mirror and saw a recent college grad who was working in a position as a car salesperson. I hated it and
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