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Health In Her HUE Raises $3M To Strengthen Efforts To Reduce Racial Health Disparities For Black Women

A digital health application created by Black women and for Black women has raised $3 million. Health In Her HUE, established in 2018 by Ashlee Wisdom and Eddwina Bright, who is no longer with the company, is intended to connect Black women and women of color “to culturally competent and sensitive healthcare providers,” its website mentions.

Samantha Dorisca

Jan 8, 2024

Ciara Says 'It’s Time For Us To Champion A New Narrative' When It Comes To Black Women And Cervical Cancer

Ciara hopes to see improved health narratives for Black women, starting with cervical cancer. The music legend recently penned a letter for NBC News to advocate for cervical care. According to a recent study, Black women die from cervical cancer at a higher rate than any other racial or ethnic group in the nation. The reality is jarring as the cancer is preventable and treatable. However, due to medical bias and racial disparities, Black women are more likely to be left in the dark. “The common narrative around Black women and cervical cancer is that we are ‘disproportionately’ affected by it. Astonishingly, Black women are twice as likely to die from cervical cancer than white women, but it’s not because of biology — it’s because of health care disparities, systemic racism and long-held inequities,” Ciara wrote. “This must change. It’s time for us to champion a new narrative — one driven by confidence and strength that extends, rather than ends, a healthy and joyful life.”

Samantha Dorisca

Feb 1, 2022

These HBCUs Have Been Awarded A $13.7M Grant For Inclusive Health Disparities Research

The University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) and Tuskegee University received a $13.7 million grant on Nov. 8, in hopes of creating a systemic and sustainable culture while promoting inclusivity within the community of scientists. Through the grant — in partnership with Faculty Institutional Recruitment for Sustainable Transformation (FIRST) — the two Historically Black Universities and Colleges (HBCUs) will hire and train 12 new research faculty members to push the mission forward for inclusive excellence in health disparities research, according to a press release. “We are proud to continue our partnership with Tuskegee University in this endeavor to build a community of scientists committed to inclusive excellence by recruiting early-career faculty committed to promoting diversity and inclusion while addressing health disparities,” UAB Marnix E. Heersink School of Medicine Dean and Senior Vice President for Medicine Selwyn Vickers, M.D. said in a press release. The press release...

Ngozi Nwanji

Nov 9, 2021

ESPN Raises Over $6.7M For Underserved Communities Battling Cancer During 14th Annual V Week

ESPN is on a mission to fight cancer. The sports network and its partners had a new mission in mind for its 14th annual V Week — addressing inequities in communities of color with a focus on the Stuart Scott Memorial Cancer Research Fund which encourages cutting-edge research for African Americans, Hispanics, and other minorities suffering from cancer.   View this post on Instagram   A post shared by The V Foundation (@thevfoundation) Thanks to sports leagues, employees, the corporate community, and more donations from sports fans than ever before, ESPN’s 14th annual V Week raised more than $6.7 million for the V Foundation for Cancer Research. “During this year’s V Week, we highlighted the fact that people of color are disproportionately affected by cancer,” said vice president of ESPN Corporate Citizenship, Kevin Martinez. “But thanks to the Stuart Scott Memorial Cancer Research Fund and new initiatives with Alpha Phi Alpha and our first-ever Equity in Health panel, I am hopeful...

Shanique Yates

Jan 27, 2021

American Heart Association Addresses Social Injustices in Healthcare, Pledges $230M to Combat Disparities

There’s nothing like a giving heart! The American Heart Association just made a massive pledge to address social determinants as they work to improve the health of all communities — rural, suburban, and urban. In this aggressive campaign to focus on health equity for all communities, the association will raise and invest more than $230 million of its own funds over the next four years to put this plan into action. “In order to ensure every person has the same opportunity for a full, healthy life, the barriers that worsen the economic, social and health inequities of vulnerable communities must be dismantled,” American Heart Association CEO Nancy Brown said in a press release. “It is the right thing to do, the just thing to do and the only way to improve overall health in this country. We look forward to working with like-minded organizations and supporters to be a relentless force for change that will result in longer, healthier lives for all.” The American Heart Association isn’t...

Shanique Yates

Jan 26, 2021

Rhonda M. Smith to Tackle Health Disparities As California Black Health Network's New Executive Director

The California Black Health Network (CBHN) continues its efforts to change healthcare for the Black community in California. According to PR Newswire, the company has announced the appointment of Rhonda M. Smith as its new Executive Director, effective Jan. 4, 2021. The announcement follows just as she comes off the heels of serving as CBHN’s Interim Executive Director since July 2020. “I am honored to be chosen to lead CBHN, an organization that has such a legacy in the Black Community,” said Smith in a statement. “There is so much potential for CBHN in the years ahead for us to make an impact in improving the health and health outcomes for Black Californians. Now, more than ever, it is imperative that we take action to improve health outcomes for Black Californians, inspire hope for a new and better future, and ensure a racially just humanity. We also need to ensure that there are more effective education, advocacy, and policy initiatives that mitigate those factors that...

Shanique Yates

Jan 8, 2021

Morehouse School of Medicine, CommonSpirit Health Ink $100M Partnership to Train More Black Doctors

If you want to see a change in a broken system, it’s best to make it happen on your own. Morehouse School of Medicine and CommonSpirit Health have joined forces for a 10-year, $100 million partnership that will increase access to culturally competent care and reduce health disparities. According to PR Newswire, the partnership will combat the underlying causes of health disparities through the development and training of more Black physicians. CommonSpirit Health (CommonSpirit) is one of America’s largest health systems with locations in 21 states coast to coast and Morehouse School of Medicine (MSM) is not only one of America’s leading educators of primary care physicians but a historically known Black medical school. Their joint undergraduate and graduate medical education program will train and educate the next generation of culturally competent health clinicians and researchers. “Of the 21,863 students entering medical school in 2019, only 1,626 were Black — and only 619 were...

Shanique Yates

Dec 17, 2020