Black Women’s Health & Livelihood Initiative
Addressing the root causes of health disparities for Black Women to achieve wellness and empowerment across the lifespan
Under the leadership of Judy Young, MPH and Andrea Jackson, MD, the UCSF National Center of Excellence (CoE) in Women’s Health is embarking on a 12-month strategic planning process, engaging the relevant constituents, partners, and allies to design an Initiative in Black Women’s Health and Livelihood to address Black Women’s health from a life course perspective. The Initiative involves Black women at UCSF who are eager for an opportunity to comprehensively leverage their passion and work into a multi-year, multi-dimensional road map for change.
This Initiative is challenging the systemic obstacles that lead to inequity in healthcare by exploring and elevating the expertise and knowledge of existing Black women at UCSF and in the Bay Area community to implement novel solutions for healthcare disparities in Black women’s well-being, while accelerating and improving both recruitment and retention of Black women at UCSF and their promotion to leadership positions.
Centering solutions to health inequities on Black Women’s voices and experiences, our Initiative is grounded in the following 5 core principles:
Center Black women. Black women’s voices must be front and center in defining their individual health goals and decisions
Partner with Black Women. Partnerships with Black women are essential to promote excellence in health & healthcare
Demonstrate Black Women’s Lives Matter. Care for Black women must be delivered in ways that demonstrate that their lives matter
Leadership by Black Women. Promotion of Black women into leadership roles is key to improvement in black women’s health and wellbeing
Engage Community Allies. Strategic partnerships with the Black San Francisco community are critical to the advancement of Black women’s health We aim to achieve our goal through the foundational CoE domains: Clinical Care, Leadership, Education, and Research, enhancing and integrating existing programs and building new ones where needed. Community Partners are included in the development of relevant solutions in each of these domains.
We aim to achieve our goal through the foundational CoE domains: Clinical Care, Leadership, Education, and Research, enhancing and integrating existing programs and building new ones where needed. Community Partners are included in the development of relevant solutions in each of these domains.
Explore ways to dismantle the usual barriers that prevent Black women from obtaining health equity at UCSF, through the provision of integrated, longitudinal interdisciplinary care led by Black female clinicians at UCSF and focused not only on the absence of disease but on the state of wellness of Black Women.
Develop a master plan to increase the numbers of Black female faculty and staff working and leading at UCSF and in the community. Connect and leverage existing pipeline programs and initiatives to eliminate racism and sexism in the climate at UCSF. Analyze and remove obstacles to Black women being recognized as powerful leaders and promoted to positions of decision making at UCSF.
Analyze and create curricula and scholarship that addresses the differences in the interactions and quality of healthcare received by Black women. Develop a plan to educate healthcare providers on the obstacles facing Black women in their quest to achieve well-being and train clinicians in ways they can partner with Black women to achieve their goals.
Design a strategy to accelerate research on Black Women’s health and healthcare with the participation of Black women in the community in the development of research questions and their examination. A key component of the value of research is its broad dissemination which will be a component of our research strategy.