The Black Women's Health Imperative (Imperative) is the only national non-profit organization devoted solely to advancing the health and wellness of Black women and girls across the lifespan.
The mission of the organization is to advance health equity and social justice for Black women across the lifespan through policy and advocacy, education, research and leadership development. Since the Imperative's beginning in Atlanta, Georgia, when it led the fight for a broader and more responsible reproductive health and rights agenda for women of color, it has become the leading force for the elimination of racial and gender-related health inequities that exist for Black women.
The Black Women's Health Imperative's position on Black women's wellness is rooted in the belief that women have the right to bodily autonomy, and that the health of Black women must be addressed within the historical, socio-economic, political, and cultural context of their lives.
Additionally, because Black women are of the primary caregivers in our families, and primary decision-makers regarding our families' health, our wellness is key to the health of the Black community - with ripples for women and communities as a whole.