Black Women’s Health Imperative
The WellSky Foundation contributed $50,000 to the Black Women’s Health Imperative (BWHI), the first nonprofit organization created by Black women to help protect and advance the health and wellness of Black women and girls. Through this donation, the WellSky Foundation is supporting Black women’s right to live happy, healthy, and long lives.
Every day, Black cis- and transgender women and girls face significant health inequities on the basis of their race and gender identity. Founded in 1983, the Black Women’s Health Imperative (BWHI) leads initiatives to address the range of systemic inequities affecting Black women in the U.S. healthcare system.
BWHI focuses on key issues impacting Black women’s health — including breast and cervical cancers, diabetes, HIV/AIDS, intimate partner violence and sexual assault, maternal health, and reproductive health. BWHI is a catalyst for change through their range of programs, evidence-based strategies, and advocacy efforts on health policies.
“The movement for Black women’s health equity is both longstanding and ongoing. We’ve come a long way, but there’s still so much more we need to do together. We’re excited to collaborate with the WellSky Foundation as we work to achieve our vision of making optimal health a reality for more Black women and girls.”
— Linda Goler Blount, MPH, President and CEO of the Black Women’s Health Imperative