Updated: Dec 7, 2022
On Saturday, December 3, Black Women 4 Healthy Living received the Non-Profit of Year Award during the Des Moines Branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) 46th Annual Freedom Fund Banquet.
BW4HL was recognized for their civic engagement through activism and advocacy surrounding the health and well being of black women. Since their inception co-founders Brandi L. Miller and Jamie Sinnah-Yovonie have led a board of 6 black women through incorporation, obtaining their 501c3 status, coalition building, and growing activities to see black women living well from the inside out.
BW4HL's signature project is their Black Women's Health Coalition. This monthly gathering meets at Corinthian Baptist Church, lower level, at 12pm on the third Saturday. During each session health, medical, and mental health assessments are provided to measure progress towards individual health goals and to use when meeting with health providers. Partners on this project include Des Moines University doctoral students, Grand View University nursing students, Drake University pharmacy students, Dr. Leslie Jackson, and a host of other individuals, organizations and presenters.
More information about Black Women 4 Healthy Living can be found here:
Social Media: https://www.facebook.com/BW4HL/
About NAACP Des Moines
Founded in 1915, The mission of the Des Moines Branch of the NAACP is to achieve equity and social inclusion by advancing policies and practices to expand human and civil rights, eliminate discrimination and accelerate the well-being, education, and economic security of all persons of color in central Iowa.
NAACP DSM is committed to ending racial health disparities. Our aim is not simply disease prevention, but to create an inclusive culture of healthy people and communities. We collaborate through coordinated action to improve the social determinants of health — racism, poverty, exclusion, inferior schools, unsafe housing, poor nutrition, and toxic environments. We disrupt the status quo by working at the intersection of policy and systems change to drive sustainable impact for the sake of our future.
Contact: Victoria Henderson Weber
Des Moines Branch, President