2018 BWHWC, Sacramento
What a success! More than 220 women attended, experienced, and celebrated the 2018 BWHWC, Sacramento. It was an amazing event and we were able to connect and love on each other.
Our 2018 BWHWC focused on inclusivity in health and we explored the diversity of black women from all backgrounds and their health needs!! We focused on topics such mental health, sexual health, inclusivity in healthcare for diverse groups of Black women, and the negative impacts that racism and sexism has on our health. We unpacked influences that can be detrimental to our health.
This conference was a day of healing and coming together to overcome stressors and trauma that black women deal with daily. We addressed how these stressors and traumatic events greatly impact our ability to be healthy and we engaged each other on solutions we can take to towards prevention and healing from these stressors.
We had an amazing event with a dynamic host and conference supporter, Alondra Thompson; our guest speakers, Sonia Williams, and Ebony Chambers. In addition, we had informative workshops, an energizing fitness demo to promoted the importance of physical activity, and closing yoga mediation. Check out the photos from last year’s conference!!!!
Dr. Kasandra R. White hosted our workshop titled "Educate, Empower, Eliminate." This workshop focused on the need for inclusivity in health care. The intersections of our race, gender, class, and sexuality/gender identity are often overlooked and dismissed by medical providers. This neglect leads to preventable health disparities that Black women from diverse background continue to face. This workshop addressed our intersections while educating participants on health disparities and the need for inclusivity within the medical setting. Dr. White empowered Black women to be advocates for our health in order to eliminate health disparities.
Thank You Dr. White!
Sherena Edinboro, RN, founder of “THE i choose me health project” an organization that empowers women, hosted our workshop titled "Strong Black Women are Depressed and Anxious TOO." This workshop discussed strong Black woman syndrome and addressed where Black Women have been taught to not be vulnerable and to just get stuff done regardless of the emotional impact it can take on our mind and body. Sherena Edinboro discussed how depression and anxiety has impacted our community and provided support on seeking treatment.
Thank You Sherena Edinboro!
Flojaune Cofer, PhD., hosted our workshop titled "The Intersectionality between Racism, Sexism, and Health." This workshop examined the intersection between racism, sexism and negative health outcomes for Black/African American women. Dr. Cofer identified and explored ways that racism and sexism has negatively impacted the health outcomes of Black/African American women, while unpacking micro-aggressions and implicit bias that Black/African American women face when accessing healthcare. Dr. Cofer provided tools and strategies to overcome these obstacles in order to achieve optimal health.
Thank You Dr. Cofer!
Jasmine Thompson, cofounders of Coco Coalition, a nonprofit social enterprise dedicated to creating a world where black women and girls can connect, grow and thrive, hosted our workshop titled "Getting the Groove back: Optimizing Your Sexual Health." This workshop guided participants in striving for optimal sexual health. Jasmine provided details on how optimal sexual health can be achieved by having transparent discussion with your partner on your sexual needs, embracing your sexuality, or ensuring participation in routine Well Woman Visits and Sexually Transmitted Infection/HIV testing. Jasmine offered tools and resources while aiming to eliminate discomfort with sexual health.
Thank You Jasmine Thompson!
The BWHWC always provides our attendees with an amazing fitness demonstration. We were honored to have the inspiring the Hundreds Unit provide a demo for 2018 BWHWC. The Hundreds Unit is a diverse network of hundreds of women who work out collectively for 8 weeks, to perform at MAJOR events. What makes the Hundreds Unit unique is that they consist of women from ALL shapes, sizes, ages, and levels of ability, dancing as one UNIT in their own unique way. Their demo helped us “Level Up” and get our hearts pumping. Thank you Hundreds Unit for the AMAZING workout!