Ready to unmute fibroids?

Join the movement and support Black women by raising your voice to this important issue.

I commit to:

Talking to my healthcare provider about my period regularly, ensuring my cycle is discussed as part of my overall wellness routine

Sharing my experience without shame and encouraging my inner circle to tell their own story

Asking my local representative to vote in favor of S.2444/H.R. 2007, the only bill in congress that is focused on providing education and funding for uterine fibroids

How do black women move forward in fibroid management?

TALK

ABOUT IT

An 80 percent incidence of any medical condition is alarming and should be a major public health priority. This staggering statistic fueled the Black Women’s Health Imperative (BWHI) to partner with Hologic to host a multidisciplinary group of celebrities, media
personalities, policy makers, doctors, faith leaders and community stakeholders for a closed roundtable discussion to understand and address the barriers that stand in the way of improved outcomes for Black women living with uterine fibroids today and in the future.

 

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Nischelle Turner
Cynthia Bailey
Tiffany Cross
Shawna Watley
Yvonne Orji
Kimberly Wilson
Jenny Rosenberg
Irene Aninye
Tamar Braxton
Mervyn Jones
Dr. Wanda Durant
Don Cravins
Don Cravins
Lauren Powell
Linda Goler Blount, MPH
Lisa Cunningham
Tanika Gray Valbrun
Sophie Maeter
Kim Tolbert
Angelia Bibbs Sanders
Soyini Hawkins, MD
Rachel Villanueva MD
Tammy Boyd
Christopher Cox, MPH
Cindy M. Duke

TALK ABOUT IT

80%

An 80 percent incidence of any medical condition is staggering and should be a major public health priority. This staggering statistic fueled the Black Women’s Health Imperative (BWHI) to partner with Hologic to host a multidisciplinary group of health, policy and cultural leaders in a closed roundtable discussion to understand and address the barriers that stand in the way of improved outcomes for women living with uterine fibroids today and in the future.

Nischelle Turner

Cynthia Bailey

Tiffany Cross

Shawna Watley

Yvonne Orji

Kimberly Wilson

Jenny Rosenberg

Irene Aninye

Tamar Braxton

Mervyn Jones

Dr. Wanda Durant

Don Cravins

Lauren Powell

Linda Goler Blount, MPH

Lisa Cunningham

Tanika Gray Valbrun

Sophie Maeter

Kim Tolbert

Angelia Bibbs Sanders

Soyini Hawkins, MD

Rachel Villanueva, MD, FACOG

Tammy Boyd

Christopher Cox, MPH

Cindy M. Duke

TALK ABOUT IT

An 80 percent incidence of any medical condition is staggering and should be a major public health priority. This staggering statistic fueled the Black Women’s Health Imperative (BWHI) to partner with Hologic to host a multidisciplinary group of health, policy and cultural leaders in a closed roundtable discussion to understand and address the barriers that stand in the way of improved outcomes for women living with uterine fibroids today and in the future.

80%

Nischelle Turner

Cynthia Bailey

Tiffany Cross

Shawna Watley

Yvonne Orji

Kimberly Wilson

Jenny Rosenberg

Irene Aninye

Tamar Braxton

Mervyn Jones

Dr. Wanda Durant

Don Cravins

Lauren Powell

Linda Goler Blount, MPH

Lisa Cunningham

Tanika Gray Valbrun

Sophie Maeter

Kim Tolbert

Angelia Bibbs Sanders

Soyini Hawkins, MD

Rachel Villanueva, MD, FACOG

Tammy Boyd

Christopher Cox, MPH

Cindy M. Duke

• In the US, Black women have a three-times greater risk and incidence of fibroids and an earlier onset of symptoms as compared to White women.

• Black women are more than twice as likely to undergo a hysterectomy and have almost a seven-fold increased risk of undergoing myomectomies despite studies that show increased morbidity with both myomectomy and hysterectomy.

• Black women experience higher rates of open hysterectomy for UF treatment, with more complications, contributing to their burden of illness.

Black women have long been aware.

IT'S TIME TO DRIVE CHANGE.

“This bill previously introduced in the senate by then Senator Kamala Harris, is now sponsored by Senators Cory Booker (D-N.J.) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) As well as Rep. Yvette Clarke (D-NY)”

“There is not adequate data to understand why Black women are affected more frequently and with more severe complications from uterine fibroids,” Linda Goler Blount, President and CEO of the Black Women’s Health Imperative, said. “Uterine fibroids are a health threat that urgently requires research, community resources, and improved treatment options that preserve fertility. BWHI supports the Stephanie Tubbs Jones Research and Education Act of 2021 because it will increase funding for uterine fibroid research and lead to new evidence-based treatments and cures for women of color.”

Quotes from Our Round Table

We have indentified

4 points of

action

Designating periods as a vital health sign
The state of a woman’s period should become part of routine health exams to help her understand if her menstrual cycle is healthy or if it might be signaling other health conditions such as uterine fibroids.
Educating healthcare providers about UF and the Black Woman’s experience
Education on how uterine fibroids manifest in Black women should be prioritized in medical school and continuing medical education curricula.
Supporting legislation to enable funding for research, education and access to care
Reach out to your congressional leaders to encourage them to vote for The Stephanie Tubbs Jones Uterine Fibroid Research and Education Act of 2021 (S. 2444 / H.R. 2007)
Expanding awareness and advocacy on a broader scale
  Talk about uterine fibroids with your healthcare provider, friends, family, and community to motivate women to get the care they deserve.

Ready to unmute fibroids?

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I believe in a world where issues like uterine fibroids are met with awareness, advocacy and action which will change health outcomes for Black women. I pledge to “Unmute Fibroids”