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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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BWHI President and CEO speaks on Planned Parenthood’s Cecile Richards’ Resignation

Statement from Black Women’s Health Imperative Executive Office WASHINGTON D.C. — Today, the Black Women’s Health Imperative (BWHI) president and CEO, Linda Goler Blount released the following statement in response to the resignation of Cecile Richards, as President of Planned Parenthood: “It is with heartfelt gratitude that we celebrate Cecile Richards for her leadership and
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BWHI CEO Urges Congress to Uphold Promise of Roe v. Wade

WASHINGTON, DC – (January 22, 2017) – This past Friday, on the same day as the annual March for Life, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act, a bill which imposes criminal penalties on doctors providing abortion services. Linda Goler Blount, president and CEO of the Black Women’s Health Imperative
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Major Change to Medicaid Threatens Healthcare Access for Low-Income Black Women

WASHINGTON, DC (January 11, 2018) Today, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services released guidance that would, for the first-time ever, allow states to place work requirements on current and future Medicaid enrollees. As a result, states could require Medicaid recipients to be employed and/or engage in community service as a condition for receiving their
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BWHI JOINS PARTNERS TO LAUNCH NEW WOMEN’S PREVENTIVE SERVICES CAMPAIGN

The Care Women Deserve campaign aims to educate women on the preventive services available with no out of pocket costs, established by the Affordable Care Act. WASHINGTON D.C. — (January 9, 2017) — Today, the Black Women’s Health Imperative (BWHI) joins a partnership of women’s organizations to announce the launch of the new Care Women
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Black Women Will Suffer Costs of Senate Tax Bill

WASHINGTON, DC (November 28, 2017). Last week, the House of Representatives passed a tax reform bill that would dramatically change our tax system by providing large, permanent tax cuts for corporations. Now, the Senate will vote on its version of tax reform, which includes a repeal of the ACA’s individual mandate, the requirement that most
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Suffering in Silence

Mood Disorders Among Pregnant and Postpartum Women of ColorBy Jamila Taylor and Christy M. Gamble  This article was originally published on the Center for American Progress website. Introduction and summary Pregnancy and childbirth can bring joy and fulfillment to a woman’s life. They can also bring anxiety, depression, and stress. If left untreated, postpartum depression and other
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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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House Seeks to Pass a Total Ban on Abortions

WASHINGTON, DC (October 31, 2017) This week, the House of Representatives’ Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing to discuss a bill that would require mandatory ultrasounds for women seeking abortions and would prevent women from obtaining abortions as early as six weeks. Under the “Heartbeat Protection Act of 2017,” health care providers who perform an
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BWHI’s ChangemakeHERS: My Sister’s Keeper National Policy Summit

OCTOBER 16, 2017- WASHINGTON, DC-The Black Women’s Health Imperative’s My Sister’s Keeper (MSK) program is announcing its first National Policy Summit in Washington, DC from October 23-25, 2017. Co-sponsored by Congresswoman Joyce Hannah Beatty (D-OH), Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke (D-NY), and the Congressional Caucus on Black Women and Girls, BWHI will host 42 college students
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New cervical cancer screening recommendations put black women’s lives at risk

While we have made tremendous strides with the Affordable Care Act, black women in the United States are dying from cervical cancer, also known as “the silent killer,” at more than two times the rate of white women. Moreover, black women are more likely to be diagnosed at later stages with more aggressive forms of cervical
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Trump Administration Policy Will Destroy Access to Affordable Birth Control

WASHINGTON, DC (October 6, 2017). Today, the Trump Administration released a rule which allows any employer, school, or other entity with not only a religious objection, but also a moral objection, to covering contraceptives in their health insurance plans. The Affordable Care Act (ACA) mandates that all insurance plans provide contraceptives at no out-of-pocket cost
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House Plans to Pass Abortion Bill That Will Hurt Black Women’s Reproductive Health

WASHINGTON, DC (October 2, 2017) This week, the House of Representatives plans to vote on a bill that would prevent women from obtaining an abortion at or after 20 weeks of pregnancy. Under the “Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act,” medical providers who perform an abortion at or after 20 weeks of pregnancy could face a
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BWHI Submits Letter for Record for Senate Hearing on Graham-Cassidy Bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. (September 25, 2017) Today, the Senate Committee on Finance will hold the only congressional hearing on the Graham-Cassidy proposal—the latest proposal to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA).  The Black Women’s Health Imperative (BWHI) submitted a letter for the record to reiterate the devastating impact that this proposal would have not just on
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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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