In support of #BlackHERstory Month, we’ll be posting about one current black feminist leader or organization each weekday in February. Tune in daily to learn more about black women’s history, feminism, and the reproductive justice movement!
The Black Women’s Health Imperative is the only national organization focused on improving and promoting the wellness of black women and girls in the U.S. The Black Women’s Health Imperative invests in strategies, partners and organizations to reduce chronic disease mortality, advocate for reproductive justice and ensure women have access to health insurance and quality healthcare. The organization has developed a plan to increase the number of health black women in the U.S. from 9.5 million to 12.5 million by the year 2020.
Linda Goler Blount is the Black Women’s Health Imperative president and CEO. She oversees the strategic direction for the Imperative and is responsible for moving the organization forward in its mission to achieve health equity, reproductive and social justice for Black women across the lifespan. Before joining the Imperative, Linda served as the Vice President of Programmatic Impact for the United Way of Greater Atlanta, where she lead a team focused on achieving transformation in health, income, education and housing stability through place- and population-based work. With more than 25 years of experience in the public, for-profit and nonprofit sectors, Linda has a distinguished career that includes successful tenures at The Coca-Cola Company leading strategic business initiatives and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as an Expert Scientist. She also has extensive international health expertise and has served as a consultant to government ministries in Germany, Barbados, Malawi and Trinidad and Tobago.