What an amazing year we’ve had! Because of you, more Black women are living healthier, more prosperous lives. One example is the success we’ve had with our national diabetes prevention program, Change Your Lifestyle. Change Your Life. We helped more than 500 women lose weight, become active and decrease their risk of type 2 diabetes. Not only have these women improved their physical health, but they are saving money on medication – improving their financial health – and are able to be more productive at work, at home and in their communities.
Right now, there are 9.5 million healthy Black women in the United States. Our bold goal is to increase that number to 12.5 million by 2020. And after the remarkable year we had, we are closer than ever to making that happen! We couldn’t have done it without all of you. Thank you for your continued support!
Linda Goler Blount, President & CEO
Terri D. Wright, Board of Directors Chair
Changing Lifestyles and Changing Lives
Women – and men – are eating better, getting active and preventing type 2 diabetes through our Change Your Lifestyle. Change Your Life. program.
Average Weight Loss
Our average weight loss is higher than the national average for diabetes prevention programs.
Training the Next Generation
Women at Historically Black Colleges and Universities are growing into powerful advocates and leaders through My Sister’s Keeper. We launched the movement in February to train women how to:
SUCCESS STORY – Fayetteville State University heard about the work our My Sister’s Keeper chapters at Howard University and Spelman College were doing, and was so impressed, they reached out to us to start a chapter on their campus. We worked with them to launch our third MSK chapter in October 2015. Shortly afterward, they recruited several young women to serve on its executive board, and even crowned their first Ms. MSK, Jazmine Brown, to represent the organization for homecoming activities and other campus functions.
We’ve Got You Covered
The leading cause of bankruptcy is medical expenses. We connect women to affordable health care and teach them how to maximize the benefits of their insurance.
Protecting and Defending Black Women’s Health
Policies and laws can help or harm our health. That’s why we engage members of Congress, health services agencies and likeminded organizations to ensure protect and defend our health.
In Case You Missed It
Check out our most popular blogs and OpEds of 2015.
Total grants, donations and contributions
Our 2015 investments in the health of Black women.
We surveyed Black women across the country and asked them to define health. Responses showed Black women define health based on psychosocial factors first, their financial condition second and their physical wellness last. We used those findings to create IndexUS, the first comparative index of Black women’s health based on healthy Black women. The full report will be released in 2016, but here’s a snapshot of what we’ve uncovered.
4 New Ways We Will Help Black Women in 2016
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- In 2016, we’ll show Black women practical, everyday things they can do to improve their health – physically, emotionally and financially! We uncovered these secrets by analyzing 20 years worth of research. We are compiling our findings to create IndexUS, the first comparative index of Black women’s health based on healthy Black women.
Our My Sister’s Keeper movement is expanding beyond college campuses! We are arming Black women with knowledge, strategies and technology to become advocates, leaders and keep themselves safe. We are especially excited about our partnership with Wherable Technology and their innovative, life-changing, life-saving device, riskband. We will work together to provide riskbands, a wearable device to domestic violence victims and young women on college campuses.
1 in 32 Black women will be infected with HIV in her lifetime. That’s simply outrageous! So we are empowering them to take control of their sexual health with PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis), an HIV-prevention toolkit that includes getting tested, taking one pill each day and using condoms.
Our mission at the Black Women’s Health Imperative isn’t just work for us. It’s very personal. Late last year, our team member Carol Winston was diagnosed with diabetes and hypertension. She wasn’t putting herself or her health first – like many Black women – and it was starting to take a toll on her body. But Carol is determined to get healthy and is bringing you along for the journey with a weekly video blog series called No More Excuses. You’ll see her ups and downs, her workouts, meals and frustrations – things all of us go through on our journey to health. It’s our way of showing the women we serve that we understand them and are there to support them and help them accomplish their health and fitness goals.
Fun Facts About Our Team!
Dancing, Pilates, Running and Walking
- Too many sweets and potatoes,
- Too much caffeine,
- Too little exercise
- Too little sleep
We don’t always practice what we preach.
50% say Idris Elba is bae!
Honorable mention: Michael B. Jordan, Robin Thicke and Djimon Hounsou
1. Black women’s health matters
2. We are making a difference
3. Empowered healthy Black women can change the world!
Board of Directors
Terri D. Wright, PhD, MPH
Linda Gill Anderson
Kemi Oluwafemi, MBA, CPA
Deborah Reid, JD
Kevin J. Holt
Aranthan “AJ” Jones
Dorothy Roberts, JD
Nancy Hall White
Byllye Y. Avery
Ex-officio and Founder
Linda Goler Blount
President & CEO
We’d like to give a huge thank you to all of our donors, partners, volunteers and consultants. Thank you for helping us ensure Black women live longer, healthier more prosperous lives.