Black Women for Wellness started as a group of six women who were concerned with the health and well-being of black babies and teamed up with the Birthing Project as “sisterfriends” in 1994 to implement the Shangazi Program.
This grassroots program dedicated its’ time and mission to matching pregnant women with “sisterfriends” mentors who coached expecting mothers throughout their pregnancy until the child was at least a year old.
These mentorship experiences provided support systems to combat infant and maternal mortality rates. Within 4 years of implementation, BWW began moving upstream to address systems and political policy by becoming a California 501 (c) (3) nonprofit in 1997.
Our budget has grown at a steady pace where we are now close to having an annual budget of approximately $1,900,000.00.
In addition, more than half of L.A .county residents are females, a large percentage of which are women of color. (Walter R. McDonald & Associates, Inc, 2006)
Sisters@Eight is a monthly roundtable bringing a wealth of information to health professionals, leadership, advocates and community to help empower, mobilize, and organize toward advocacy. Forums are held monthly every 2nd Friday.