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On Our Own Terms (OOOT) is an initiative of the Black Women’s Health Imperative (BWHI). OOOT is an informed network of organizations and experts who are focused on the prevention of HIV for, by and about Black cis and transgender women, as well as the care and treatment of women living with HIV.

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We simply don’t have time to waste.

According to the latest available data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly 60 percent of all new HIV diagnoses in the US are among Black women. While their rates of infection are finally dropping (by 25 percent), we still have the highest rates among all women. In fact, Black women still have nearly 15 times the rate as their white counterparts, and five times the rate of Latinas. Black women and women of color must finally be a priority in policy and action in the prevention of HIV and other sexually transmitted infections.

Our work combines evidence-based practices, cross-sector collaborations and the strengthening of community assets to lift up the sexual health and well being of Black women. OOOT is highlighting our mutual abilities to deliver innovative solutions and make a lasting investment in prevention.

We’ve teamed up with legendary actress Keshia Knight Pulliam for a PSA urging you to Own Your Ish when it comes to your sexual health!

87%
of Black women living with HIV contracted HIV through heterosexual contact
51%
of HIV diagnoses were among African American Transgender women in 2014.
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It’s MSK Week, and our My Sister’s Keeper program is busting myths about periods all week long. Parents and caregivers, explore our Me Period Toolkit for ways to empower our girls with essential knowledge about their periods. Link in bio

Know an HBCU student who might want to be the next generation of advocates? Learn more about our My Sister’s Keeper Program at BWHI.org/MSK. @nationalmsk

#PeriodTruths #BlackGirlMagic #HealthAwareness #MenstrualHealth #Blackgirlshealth #Blackwomenshealth #MePeriod
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It’s MSK WEEK and we’re shining a spotlight on My Sister’s Keeper (MSK), which empowers young Black women to become powerful advocates and leaders. 💜 MSK has chapters on HBCU campuses around the country and is the perfect complement to a well-rounded student life. 💫

This year, MSK WEEK focuses on menstrual insecurity and stigma. MSK members get exclusive access to a screening of our “Me Period” documentary!

If you think the MSK program could be a good fit for you or someone in your network, go to bwhi.org/MSK for more information.

#MySistersKeeper #HealthEquity #YoungAdvocates #BWHI
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Truth is…tampons will not break our hymen and can be used whether you are sexually active or not.

It’s time to break the silence and get real about menstruation. From old wives’ tales to misconceptions, we’re here to set the record straight. Tune in as we tackle more myths head-on this week!

Check out our Period Toolkit for parents and caregivers—empowering our girls with the knowledge they need. Link in bio.

#PeriodTruths #BlackGirlMagic #HealthAwareness #MenstrualHealth #Blackgirlshealth #Blackwomenshealth
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This Memorial Day, we honor the legacy of Harriet Tubman. 🌟

Known for her heroic work on the Underground Railroad, Tubman also served as a nurse, scout, and spy for the Union Army during the Civil War. Her bravery and dedication not only led hundreds to freedom but also significantly contributed to the military efforts. This Memorial Day, let’s celebrate her incredible contributions to our nation’s history and her unwavering commitment to freedom and justice.

Artwork: "I Go To Prepare A Place For You" by @bisabutler

#MemorialDay #HarrietTubman #BlackWomenInHistory #HealthHeroes #BWHI
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“Did you know perimenopause symptoms can show up in unusual ways? From mood swings to unexpected body changes, it’s important to recognize and address these shifts.

Thank you @drstephanieyomo for sharing your experience.

#Perimenopause #BlackWomenHealth #HealthAwareness #SelfCare
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MSK Week is coming and we’re shining a spotlight on one of our signature programs, My Sister’s Keeper (MSK), which empowers young Black women to become powerful advocates and leaders.

Stay tuned all week to learn more about MSK!

#MySistersKeeper #HealthEquity #YoungAdvocates #BWHI
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Forever mood!!! Core memory unlocked for GenX. We love this clip from A Different World featuring @iamjasmineguy and @therealdebbieallen 💜 it may be comedic, but this advice still holds up today! #relaxrelaterelease #blackwomenshealth

@blacktvsitcoms 💜
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Wonderfully said!

There are so many beautiful things we wish we would have known about motherhood beforehand. This is why Black maternal health is so important. A better birthing experience creates a better start to motherhood. Let’s advocate for healthier beginnings for Black mothers.

Thank you @blacklove for this
#BlackMaternalHealth #BetterBirths #Motherhood #HealthEquity
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During the recent @NMQForg Leadership Summit, BWHI highlighted its partnership with the Data Equity Coalition in releasing the policy brief, "Centering Data Equity in the Black Maternal Health Crisis is a Public Health Imperative." Authored by Ifeoma Udoh, PhD @ifeomaseesu our EVP of Policy, Advocacy and Science and BWHI president, Linda Goler Blount, the brief emphasizes the urgent need for comprehensive data to address the stark disparities in Black maternal health. It calls for updates to federal data collection to better capture and address the needs of diverse communities and much more.

BWHI is dedicated to using data to drive advocacy and change, transforming the health landscape for Black women nationwide. For more insights from this pivotal work, click the Link in our bio to view the policy brief

#BlackMaternalHealth #DataEquity #HealthEquity #PublicHealth #blackwomenshealth
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John Hopkins University Center for Health Disparities and Solutions in partnership with Congressional HIspanic Institute, The Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, and NMAC is hosting an event to leverage policy solutions for maternal health that centers Black and Brown birthing people. BWHI is honored to be included in this conversation. Move that MOMNIBUS!

Click the link in our bio to register
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Menopause isn’t just about hot flashes—it can affect our brain health too. From memory lapses to mood changes, it’s important to understand how this phase impacts us.

Check out the full article on The Washington Post to learn more. #Menopause #BrainHealth #BlackWomen #HealthAwareness”
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Today we are diving into the latest research on Black women's experiences, effective screening tools, and vital policy recommendations. Don't miss out on the insights from our Nourish Maternal Health Program's latest findings.

Tune into our virtual event on at 2:00 PM ET, as we explore the landscape of Black maternal mental health in the South.

Click the link in our bio to register

#BlackMaternalHealth #MentalHealthMatters #BlackWomensHealth #BlackMoms
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Did you know many countries have mandatory maternity leave? (We are not one of those countries, by the way)

#MaternalHealth #MentalHealth #BlackMaternalHealth #Webinar”
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Join us for a crucial conversation this Maternal Mental Health Month! Tune into our virtual event on Tuesday, May 21st at 2:00 PM ET, as we explore the landscape of Black maternal mental health in the South. We'll dive into the latest research on Black women's experiences, effective screening tools, and vital policy recommendations. Don't miss out on the insights from our Nourish Maternal Health Program's latest findings.

Click the link in our bio to register
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Thanks to @drjencaudle , here are some delicious options you CAN eat to help lower your blood pressure.

As Dr. Jen mentioned, Please check with your doctor before making any serious dietary changes.

Need accountability in taking control of your health journey? Check out BWHI’s Change Your Lifestyle. Change Your Life. (CYL2), a 12-month program that equips participants with the tools needed to prevent type 2 diabetes. The program also reduces participants’ risk for other chronic conditions such as heart disease, high blood pressure, and more.
#HealthyEating #BloodPressureControl #HeartHealth #EatWell #HypertensionAwareness #WorldHypertensionDay #BloodPressureAwareness #HealthyEating #BloodPressurePrevention
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Today is World Hypertension Day!

High blood pressure is a leading cause of heart disease and stroke. It’s important to make healthy lifestyle choices to keep your blood pressure in check. Small changes in your diet can make a big difference.

Need accountability in taking control of your health journey? Check out BWHI’s Change Your Lifestyle. Change Your Life. (CYL2), a 12-month program that equips participants with the tools needed to prevent type 2 diabetes. The program also reduces participants’ risk for other chronic conditions such as heart disease, high blood pressure, and more.

RP @drjencaudle

#WorldHypertensionDay #BloodPressureAwareness #HeartHealth #HealthyEating #BloodPressurePrevention
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Holding space for all survivors of Domestic Violence. No one should have to relive their trauma online. Our experiences, our pain, and our healing are deeply personal and deserve respect. Let’s create safe spaces for each other, where we can share and support without forcing anyone to revisit their wounds. #RespectBoundaries #HealingSpaces #ProtectBlackWomen ...

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Thanks @dr.aprilspencer for showing us how important it is to stay on top of your screenings. Current guidelines suggest that you should get your first colonoscopy at age 45 if you are at average risk for colorectal cancer. If no polyps are found during your initial colonoscopy, then you wouldn’t need your next colonoscopy for another 10 years.

And dont forgetto tune into @urbanmdtv for more health related content. We love to see it! #womenshealthweek #blackwomenshealth
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Ensuring that every Black woman receives the care and support she deserves is not just a goal; it’s a necessity. We must address the systemic barriers and disparities that impact our health outcomes.

#BWHI President, Linda Goler Blount, sat down with @munsonsteed of @rollingout to discuss the intersection of research, policy, and community in advancing health equity for Black women.

Click the link in our bio to watch the interview on Rolloingout.com
#HealthEquity #BlackWomensHealth #Advocacy
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