The story of Black women in America is one of triumph and grace, even with odds stacked high against them. Health First! The Black Woman’s Wellness Guide provides you with a comprehensive guide to your #1 resource: yourself.
Today, as Black women face an unprecedented health crisis, denial and self-neglect are no longer viable options. This groundbreaking volume is rooted in the pioneering work of the Black Women’s Health Imperative, the nation’s only nonprofit organization devoted to advancing the health and wellness of Black women and girls. It offers a core health philosophy—too long denied Black women—based on putting your health first.
Health First! explores Black women’s most critical health challenges, connecting the dots through honest discussions with experts and the uncensored stories of real women—from adolescence through elderhood. The focus is on prevention and awareness, across generations and circumstances—from candid conversations about reproductive health and HIV/AIDS to frank explorations of Black women’s Top 10 Health Risks, including cancer, obesity, and violence.
No matter what your age or health status, this unprecedented health reference will become a trusted ally as you seek accessible and relevant information to help you navigate your most pressing health needs. In an age of uncertainty, it’s time to take control and truly discover the vitality, power, and joy that can be yours when you learn how to put your health first.
Eleanor Hinton Hoytt, a tireless advocate for eliminating health disparities among women and communities of color, serves as the president and CEO of the Black Women’s Health Imperative. Hinton Hoytt produced the groundbreaking book Tomorrow Begins Today: African American Women As We Age for the National Council of Negro Women. She is the proud recipient of the NAACP’s Thurgood Marshall Legacy Award and the Keystone Award for Women’s Research Advocacy from the NIH Offi ce on Women’s Research.
Hilary Beard is an award-winning health journalist specializing in health, healthy lifestyle, and personal development. Beard is the New York Times best-selling author of Friends: A Love Story, 21 Pounds in 21 Days: The Martha‘s Vineyard Diet/Detox, and Venus and Serena: Serving from the Hip. She has been editor-in-chief of the Black AIDS Weekly, Real Health, and the National Medical Association’s Healthy Living and HealthQuest magazines, and she contributes frequently to Ebony, Essence, and Heart & Soul.
About the Black Women’s Health Imperative:
The Black Women’s Health Imperative is the leading national organization advancing the health and wellness of our nation’s 20 million Black women and girls across the life span—physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually. From its headquarters in Washington, D.C., the Imperative works in partnership with a network of over 50 affiliated organizations, partners, and collaborators across the country with an outreach to more than three million women. Through its ongoing advocacy, education, and leadership development programs, the Imperative supports Black women’s resolve to become confident and informed health and wellness decision makers. For more information about the Imperative, visit www.BlackWomensHealth.org.