BLACK WOMEN & PUBLIC HEALTH
Building on community-based work by scholar activists like Byllye Avery, this collective is a multidisciplinary group of scholars in science, social science, and humanities. Our discussion traverses Black women's studies and public health topics through various disciplinary lenses.
We are historians, sociologists, epidemiologists, professors of community medicine and infectious diseases, residency directors, counselors, family physicians, oncologists, psychiatrists and psychologists, nutritionists, maternal and child health specialists, non-profit leaders, journalists and media studies scholars, preventative medicine advocates, and public health practitioners (specializing in behavioral, educational, international/global, legal, policy, and social determinants of health among several other areas). We are research lab directors, grant principal investigators, consultants, and Black women's studies scholars connected through our work.
We examine history, present issues, and future concerns relevant to specialists and generalists interested in Black women's wellness.
Black Women and Public Health: Strategies to Name, Locate, and Change Systems of Power seeks to create an interdisciplinary dialogue about race, gender, and health that bridges gaps between researchers, practitioners, educators, and advocates.
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Resources include the American Public Health Association (APHA) and the Black Women's Health Imperative in Washington, DC, as well as the Center for Black Women's Wellness in Atlanta.
Professor and Director, Institute for Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies (WGSS), Georgia State University. Co-editor, Black Women's Mental Health: Balancing Strength and Vulnerability. Website
Past president, American Public Health Association (APHA); Senior Fellow and Adjunct Associate Professor at Morehouse School of Medicine; research director and Adjunct Professor, Emory University Rollins School of Public Health. Website
Current Chair of the Executive Board of the American Public Health Association (APHA). Medical Director of a Volunteers in Medicine clinic for the uninsured, Affiliate Professor, USF College of Public Health and USF College of Arts and Science.. Website
Associate Professor,Department of African American Studies and affiliate faculty, Institute of Public Health at Georgia State University. Website
Assistant Professor of Sociology, Georgetown University. Former postdoctoral fellow, Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy Research Fellows, University of Michigan. Website
Assistant Professor of Health Studies, Texas Women's University and Founder, Black Ladies in Public Health. Website
SUNY PRESS, Black Women's Wellness Book Series (Expected 2022)
FROM THE INTRODUCTION:
Black Women and Public Health: Strategies to Name, Locate, and Change Systems of Power seeks to create an interdisciplinary dialogue that bridges gaps between researchers, practitioners, educators, and advocates. Black women’s work in public health is a regenerative practice. Just as Dr. Anna Julia Cooper wrote in her 1892 essay, “Womanhood: A Vital Element in the Regeneration and Progress of a Race” we look backward, inward, and forward to renew and refresh as we work to improve the quality of life for ourselves and others.
APHA champions the health of all people and all communities. We strengthen the public health profession. We speak out for public health issues and policies backed by science. Website
Since 1983, we have been the only national organization dedicated solely to improving the health and wellness of our nation’s 21 million Black women and girls – physically, emotionally and financially. Website
The Center for Black Women's Wellness, Inc. (CBWW) is a premier, community-based, family service center committed to improving the health and well-being of underserved Black women and their families. Website
A nonprofit organization established in 1994 as an affiliate of the Black Women’s Health Imperative (formerly National Black Women’s Health Project). We seek to empower women to become active participants in improving their health status. Website
Black Ladies in Public Health is an online community with a real-world impact! We are an international group that promotes scholarship, service, self-care, support and a safe space for Black Ladies interested in, training and working in Public Health. We’ve created BLiPH.org as a safe-space and resource for Black Ladies in Public Health and our allies! Website
Black Women for Wellness is committed to healing, supporting and educating Black women and girls through health education, empowerment and advocacy. Our goals include: to increase accessible, appropriate and affordable health services that positively impact the health outcomes for Black women and girls. Website
Click on each member's web links to access research and learn about how our individual and collective work informs issues about race, gender, justice and public health.
Atlanta, Georgia, United States