Organizations Advocating For Black Women’s Health To Support
As our country faces a reckoning for the various forms of systematic oppression that Black people face in our country, it’s important to note that it affects Black women at a very unbalanced rate. To ensure Black women are given the proper support they need, we’ve rounded up organizations that have been actively fighting to support their health.
Check them out below!
Black Mamas Matter Alliance
When it comes to maternal mortality rates, Black women historically have the highest rates. According to the CDC, Black women are almost four times more likely than white women to experience pregnancy-related death. The Black Mamas Matter Alliance strives to change policy, encourage research, and fight for Black maternal health and justice.
Check out the Black Mamas Matter Alliance here.
Homeless Black Trans Woman Fund
The Homeless Black Trans Woman Fund provides support and funds to Black trans women in Atlanta who are sex workers and homeless. The fund works to give women cell phones, housing, food, and other necessities. According to the fund’s founder, Jesse Pratt López, “Atlanta has almost no resources for Transgender women, so I took matters into my own hands.”
Check out the Homeless Black Trans Woman Fund here.
Sisters Network (A National African American Breast Cancer Survivorship Organization)
Compared to white women and breast cancer-related death, Black women are more than 40% more likely to die. The Sisters Network aims to increase awareness of the ways in which breast cancer affects the Black community in the United States.
Check out the Sisters Network here.
Mamatoto Village is a nonprofit that works to empower Black women to achieve self- care, good mental health, and financial health support.
Check out the Mamatoto Village here
The Okra Project
The Okra Project is a collective bringing healthy and home-cooked meals to Black trans people across the country. The project organizes and pays for Black trans chefs to go into the homes of other Black transgender people and cook them a free meal.
Check out the Okra Project here.
The Loveland Foundation
According to the Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health, “African Americans are 10% more likely to experience serious psychological distress.” The Loveland Foundation works to give Black women financial assistance so that they can seek therapy.
Check out The Loveland Foundation here.
Black Women for Wellness
Black Women for Wellness is a California- based organization devoted to improving the health and well-being of Black women and girls. The organization works to achieve this by providing education programs, civic engagement, and policy work. Their workshops include sex education and healthy cooking.
Check out the Black Women for Wellness here.
Black Women’s Health Imperative
The Black Women’s Health Imperative has been around for 35 years and works to fight against the health disparities endured by Black women.
Check out the Black Women’s Health Imperative here.