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The Black Women’s Health Imperative Welcomes Monica G. Coleman As Chief Communications Officer

ATLANTA – (February 27, 2019) – The Black Women’s Health Imperative (BWHI) recently announced the appointment of Monica G. Coleman as its Chief Communications Officer. In this newly-created role, Coleman will lead BWHI’s marketing, media and digital strategy to continue to position the organization as an advocate of policies, research and programming that encourages positive
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Ann M. McMikel Named Chief Development Officer for The Black Women’s Health Imperative

ATLANTA – (February 21, 2019) – The Black Women’s Health Imperative recently announced the appointment of Ann M. McMikel as the Chief Development Officer and Executive Director of SIS Circles. Mrs. McMikel is a global leader with extensive experience in nonprofit management, strategic planning, advocacy, communications, volunteer engagement, and fundraising. As the Vice President of
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New Grant Opportunity Seeks to Improve Prediabetes Recognition and Diabetes Prevention Strategies among African American and Hispanic Women

January 30, 2019 (Washington, D.C.) – The American College of Preventive Medicine (ACPM) is partnering with the American Medical Association (AMA) and Black Women’s Health Imperative (BWHI) to support the development of new approaches addressing prediabetes in populations at high risk for developing diabetes, including African American and Hispanic women. ACPM will award multi-year grants
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The Black Women’s Health Imperative and SIS Circles Program Partner to Expand Reach to Teen Girls of Color in Atlanta

Atlanta, GA, January 25, 2019 –The Black Women’s Health Imperative (BWHI) is excited to announce a new multigenerational partnership with Atlanta-based Sisters Inspiring Sisters (SIS) Circles. The partnership will proactively work to deepen the impact on inspiring the next generation of women of color to be tomorrow’s leaders. It is appropriate that during January which
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BWHI Statement on Cyntoia Brown’s Commuted Sentence by Outgoing Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam

WASHINGTON, D.C. (January 8, 2019) — Today, the Black Women’s Health Imperative (BWHI) lauds the decision by outgoing Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam to grant clemency to Cyntoia Brown. Brown, now 30, was sentenced to prison 15 years ago for first degree murder. She was only 16 years old when she was forced into sex trafficking
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BWHI Statement on Delayed Vote and FBI Investigation of Judge Brett Kavanaugh

Statement from Black Women’s Health Imperative Executive Office: WASHINGTON, D.C. (September 28, 2018) — Today, the Black Women’s Health Imperative (BWHI) president and CEO, Linda Goler Blount released the following statement in response to the delayed floor vote on the nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh and pending FBI investigation: “We respectfully oppose the appointment of
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BWHI President and CEO Congratulates Planned Parenthood’s New President Dr. Leana Wen

Statement from Black Women’s Health Imperative Executive Office  WASHINGTON (September 17, 2018) — Today, the Black Women’s Health Imperative (BWHI) president and CEO, Linda Goler Blount released the following statement in response to the new appointment of Dr. Leana Wen, as President of Planned Parenthood: “On behalf of the Black Women’s Health Imperative, I would
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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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New Prediabetes Awareness Campaign Uses Multiple Digital Activities to Encourage Americans to Know Their Risk

Change Your Lifestyle. Change Your Life. program powered by the Black Women’s Health Imperative, and their eight program affiliates launch new awareness effort aimed at education on prediabetes and reducing the incidence of type 2 diabetes. WASHINGTON, D.C., (July 24, 2018) —  After leading the way as a grantee under the Centers for Disease Control
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BWHI Statement on Nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court

BWHI Urges Supporters to Express Opposition of Supreme Court Nominee WASHINGTON, D.C. (July 10, 2018) — Today, the Black Women’s Health Imperative (BWHI) is speaking out to oppose President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, Federal Appeals Court Judge Brett Kavanaugh, given his conservative and restrictive views on civil rights, safe and legal abortion, and access to
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Black Women’s Health Imperative Expresses Concern Over Supreme Court Nominees

IMMEDIATE RELEASE WASHINGTON, D.C. (July 2, 2018) —  The Black Women’s Health Imperative (BWHI) joins with the growing voices that have expressed concern over President Trump’s nominees following Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy’s announcement to retire from the nation’s highest court. Kennedy throughout his career provided the decisive vote on many landmark cases including Roe
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BWHI President and CEO speaks of “Year of the Black Woman” and Announces BWHI’s First National Black Women’s Health Agenda at Summit21 Conference

WASHINGTON, D.C. (June 14, 2018) –The Black Women’s Health Imperative (BWHI) joined forces with Planned Parenthood and Spark at the Blavity-backed 21 Ninety women’s conference, Summit21 in Atlanta, Georgia on Friday, June 8, 2018 for a panel discussion on “Protecting Your Health Rights: Tools for Self-Advocacy.” BWHI President and CEO Linda Goler Blount shared the
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Title X Domestic Gag Rule Harmful for Black Women’s Health

WASHINGTON, DC (May 24, 2018)–  Today, the Black Women’s Health Imperative (BWHI) is speaking out to oppose the Trump Administration’s gag rule that would prevent people who access care through Title X providers from obtaining information about the full range of reproductive health care options. This rule will impact many individuals who are uninsured, have
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