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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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Watch our video showcasing water infrastructure issues in West Atlanta. Communities of color bear the brunt of outdated systems and insufficient funding. It's time to raise awareness and demand change. Link in bio!

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When you need a #MentalHealthMoment, Journaling can help you to put things into perspective because it brings you back to your focus for the day while also helping me to keep your goals in mind.

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Today, we mourn the loss of our beloved Tina Turner.

Her undeniable talent, resilience, and trailblazing spirit made her an inspiration for generations of Black women worldwide. Through her electrifying performances and empowering music, she shattered barriers, reminding us to embrace our strength and never settle for anything less than what we deserve.

Rest in power Tina! Our thoughts are with her family and all who loved her. 💜

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It’s time to scrap token gestures and embrace genuine inclusion.

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We are currently enrolling for the new BWHI #Diabetes Self-Management Support Program that will begin this summer!

Our Lifestyle Coaches will lead the new 10-week virtual program, which will help Black women diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes and their families learn more, feel more confident in how they self-manage, find resources for better health, and improve their behaviors and A1C levels — for free!

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By harnessing the power of family history, we can get ahead of #MentalHealth challenges and navigate our path to mental wellness.

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Allyson, an elite track and field athlete and Olympian, was diagnosed with severe #preeclampsia at 32 weeks into her pregnancy. Preeclampsia rates are 60% higher in black women, who are also more likely to develop severe forms of the condition.

Allyson joined CDC's "Hear Her" campaign to share her story and educate pregnant and postpartum individuals, as well as their supporters, about the urgent warning signs of pregnancy-related complications.

The personal support system and professional expertise of doulas can make all the difference in managing preeclampsia, ensuring a healthy delivery, and promoting postpartum mental and emotional well-being. To support and advocate for black birthing people, our Nourish doula training program was created. Learn more via link in bio!

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Educate yourself and loved ones about the risk factors and prevention of diabetes in the Black community.

We are currently enrolling for the new BWHI #Diabetes Self-Management Support Program that will begin this summer!

Our Lifestyle Coaches will lead the new 10-week virtual program, which will help Black women diagnosed with #Type2Diabetes and their families learn more, feel more confident in how they self-manage, find resources for better health, and improve their behaviors and A1C levels -- for free!

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Pause throughout the day for a #MentalHealthMoment and go outside. 🌞🌱

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WIth #JoinAllofUs you can reconnect with your health and learn more about how your genetic ancestry may impact your overall wellness. Learn more via link in bio.

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Jumping into the weekend like…who else is with us?! Don’t everyone jump at once! 😜

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A powHERful collective of women making a positive impact and creating change for Black women and girls. This is the home team! 🙌🏾 #BWHI

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