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Our year by the numbers

2017

Since 1983, the Black Women’s Health Imperative has been the only national organization dedicated solely to improving the health and wellness of the nation’s 21 million Black women and girls– physically, emotionally and financially. Here’s a snapshot of what BWHI accomplished in 2017 to help more Black women stay healthy.

Our Strategic Priorities

 
2017 BWHI Annual Report: Thought Leadership

We SPEAK TO Black Women

BWHI President & CEO, Linda Goler Blount participated in an interactive forum during the Black Women’s Agenda Anniversary Symposium that encouraged nearly 700 participants to broaden horizons, welcome challenges and agitate norms about their health and wellness.

“The best thing we can do for ourselves, is take care of ourselves”
-Linda Goler Blount

2017 BWHI Annual Report: Research Translation

We KNOW Black Women

Researchers spent decades studying what makes Black women unhealthy, however, no one took the time to amplify this information. We did.

 

With the launch of IndexUS: What Healthy Black Women Can Teach Us About Health in 2016, we used 2017 to coordinate with organizations such as the Life Balance and Wellness Institute, Inc., to develop the IndexUs Listening Tour.

2017 BWHI Annual Report: Policy & Advocacy

We’re WORKING ON BEHALF OF Black Women

In 2017 our policy and advocacy team served as your voice, speaking boldly to federal and state elected officials and policy makers on legislation and policies from breast and cervical cancers, diabetes, HIV/AIDS to intimate partner violence and sexual assault, maternal and reproductive health to help you maintain and achieve your best health.

We welcomed the following two policy fellows:

2017 BWHI Annual Report: Rebecca Berry, Esq
Rebecca Berry, Esq

2017 BWHI Annual Report: Stephanie Croney, Esqq
Stephanie Croney, Esq

2017 BWHI Annual Report: Policy & Advocacy

We’re WORKING ON BEHALF OF Black Women

BWHI brought national and state attention to the needs of Black women’s health through numerous advocacy campaigns.

BWHI’s My Sister’s Keeper program partnered with the “Know No” movement to inform students on what consent is and what it isn’t. This campaign happens annually and is designed to show society that there is no grey area when sexual assault victims are intoxicated or unconscious.

 

 

2017 BWHI Annual Report: Policy & Advocacy

We’re WORKING ON BEHALF OF Black Women

In 2017 during BWHI’s inaugural MSK Policy Summit in Washington, D.C., BWHI brought together 42 female students and faculty members with more than 26 congressional officers. Student participants met with members of congress and their staff including 15 US senate offices to discuss discuss the importance of preventive health services and reproductive health. Students also received federal and state advocacy training during the summit.

2017 BWHI Annual Report: Programs & Initiatives
2017 BWHI Annual Report: click to visit BWHI CYL2 site

BWHI’s Change Your Lifestyle. Change Your Life. (CYL²) program is part of the National Diabetes Prevention Program, led by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). We continue to help people in underserved communities avoid and manage type 2 diabetes.

2017 BWHI Annual Report: CYL2 Participants
Participants

2017 BWHI Annual Report: CYL2 Classes
Classes

2017 BWHI Annual Report: CYL2 Cities
Cities

2017 BWHI Annual Report: Programs & Initiatives
2017 BWHI Annual Report: click to visit BWHI CYL2 site

In 2017 the new agreement launched to reach underserved rural counties in the CDC designated “Diabetes Belt” (Alabama, Louisiana, and Mississippi). CYL² continues to lead the way in helping people not only shed pounds, but also avoid type 2 diabetes, heart disease and many other chronic conditions.

2017 BWHI Annual Report: Education & Engagement

Digital & Traditional ENGAGEMENT

BWHI leveraged traditional and social media to keep the public, our key partners and stakeholders and most of all Black women aware and involved in their health.

2017 BWHI Annual Report: Instagram Likes Received

Instagram Likes Received

2017 BWHI Annual Report: Total Facebook Impressions

Total Facebook Impressions

2017 BWHI Annual Report: Total Twitter Impressions

Total Twitter Impressions

2017 BWHI Annual Report: Education & Engagement

Campaigns and Events that HELPED US REACH Black women:

CYL²’s Lose Weight Feel Great Campaign

2017 BWHI Annual Report: Impressions

Impressions

2017 BWHI Annual Report: views (18+)

views (18+)

2017 BWHI Annual Report: views (35+)

views (35+)

BWHI launched a 4 month Lose Weight. Feel Great. campaign in both
English and Spanish to expand the reach of our CYL2 programming.

2017 BWHI Annual Report: Education & Engagement

Campaigns and Events that HELPED US REACH Black women:

ACA #EnrollHer

2017 BWHI Annual Report: Uses of #EnrollHer Hashtag

Uses of #EnrollHer Hashtag

2017 BWHI Annual Report: Total users reached and impressions during campaign

Total users reached and impressions during campaign

Byllye Avery Awards Winner’s Conversation Series

We believe in the power of Black women’s stories and in 2017 we were able to engage in an intimate series of conversations with entrepreneur and author, Miko Branch, co-founder of Miss Jessie’s hair care products and award-winning journalist Tamron Hall to tackle topics such as mental health, domestic violence and self care.

2017 BWHI Annual Report: Education & Engagement

BWHI helped elevate the
importance of GOOD HEALTH OPTIONS for Black women; and
told the stories that MATTER MOST, with features in:

Anniversaries

2017 BWHI Annual Report: Linda Goler Blount

Linda Goler Blount

4th year

2017 BWHI Annual Report: Linda Goler Blount

Angela F. Ford

7th year

2017 BWHI Annual Report: Linda Goler Blount

Carol Winston

5th year

New Hires

2017 BWHI Annual Report: Lydia Sermons

Lydia Sermons

2017 BWHI Annual Report: Zsanai Eppst

Zsanai Epps

2017 BWHI Annual Report: Antonice Jackson

Antonice Jackson

2017 BWHI Annual Report: Elyse Reamer

Elyse Reamer

Money Raised

Fundraising

Investments

2017 BWHI Annual Report: Amount invested into HIV prevention

Amount invested into HIV prevention

2017 BWHI Annual Report: Amount invested into reproductive justice

Amount invested into reproductive justice

2017 BWHI Annual Report: Amount invested into lifestyle change program

Amount invested into lifestyle change program

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