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National Advocates Convene on Healthcare Disparities of Black Women Sept. 23 at Simmons College

BOSTON (September 7, 2007) — The Boston Black Women's Health Institute is hosting an afternoon of tea and conversation on the state of black women's health with Byllye Yvonne Avery, founder of the national Black Women's Health Imperative, Sept. 23, from 3-5 p.m. at Simmons College in Boston.

The event, at in the Linda K. Paresky Conference Center in the Main College Building, 300 The Fenway, is free and open to the public. An R.S.V.P. is required for admission. Contact Lula Christopher of the Boston Black Women's Health Institute at 617-436-2291 or email her at to register.

Co-sponsored by the Simmons Institute for Leadership and Change, the Boston Public Health Commission, and the Fenway Community Health Center, the event commemorates the 25th anniversary of the Black Women's Health Imperative, BWHI, (formerly known as the National Black Women's Health Project) — a leading African American health education, research, advocacy, and leadership development institution based in Washington, D.C.

Avery, a longtime health activist, will discuss the role of health policies and disparities in black women's health.  Also attending are Eleanor Hinton Hoytt, M.S., M.A., president/CEO of BWHI; Dorothy Roberts, J.D., of the Northwestern University Institute for Policy Research and author of "Killing the Black Body: Race, Reproduction and the Meaning of Liberty"; and Janet Taylor, M.D., of the Harlem Hospital Department of Psychiatry.

The conversation also will include information on:

  • The importance of local grassroots organizing and national attention on healthcare
  • The role of self-help and re-energizing the movement to improve black women's health
  • The issue of universal health care as a human right

The BWHI actively promotes the empowerment of African American women as educated health care consumers and serves as voice for the improved health status of African American women. It also aims to increase the optimum health for Black women across the life span—physically, mentally, and spiritually.

The Simmons Institute for Leadership and Change sponsors programs, activities, and resources that help initiate social change for women, raise women's issues to the state and national political level, and reach out to audiences diverse in age, class, sexual orientation, culture, and educational background.

Due to construction, parking is limited but available on a first-come, first-served basis on the Simmons College campus.  For parking alternatives please visit the parking website.