The Black Women's Health Movement (BWHM) is designed to engage and empower African American women across the socioeconomic spectrum in Greater Cincinnati to live healthier lives — body and mind.
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Healthier Bodies and Minds

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groups striving to work toward a common goal. BWHM's goal:

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The Four Pillars of the BWHM

Our Work To Date

Led by The Health Gap President & CEO Renee Mahaffey Harris, our team of dedicated committee members who are passionate about this movement conducted a national, state and local research and literature review was conducted examining women’s, African American women’s health issues/initiatives, prevalent health diseases, socioeconomic impacts on health, and habits and practices relating to body and mind health. We also spoke to and surveyed 114 Black women in Cincinnati within 27 neighborhoods and from different socioeconomic backgrounds.


Focusing on Black women is focusing on African American families. In both single and two-parent families, healthcare, homecare, food shopping/preparation, and childcare are typically the responsibility of the woman of the house. Based on that and for many other reasons, we know women face a multitude of obstacles and life stressors that affect their health. BWHM will help engage, empower and advocate for women to make meaningful change. Together.

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Inspiration from One of Our Leaders

RENEE MAHAFFEY HARRIS

Health Gap President & CEO


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