4 Organizations Supporting Black Health and Wellness
These impactful organizations provide community resources and initiatives to advocate for Black wellness and improve health disparities.
In continued celebration of Black History Month, we are sharing information about a few organizations that advocate for Black health, wellness and representation. From mobilizing community members to developing health initiatives and public policy, these organizations provide several opportunities for improving wellness disparities in our industry and communities.
1. Fit For Us
Fit For Us is an organization of Black fitness professionals, founded by New York City-based personal trainer and instructor Percell Dugger. Its main goals include:
- improving equity, inclusivity, diversity and belonging in the fitness and wellness industry by working with brands and allies, addressing issues in gyms and fitness spaces, and increasing quality representation of Black fit pros;
- empowering Black fit pros through workshops; and
- helping to close health gaps in the Black community.
You can join as an ally, brand partner or Black wellness professional at fitforus.org.
2. Black Mental Health Alliance (BMHA)
BMHA is a community-based membership organization in Baltimore, Maryland, made up of clinicians, educators, researchers and change agents. The organization is focused on healing and health for the global Black community. Their work includes:
- developing educational forums, workshops, trainings and referral services that support the health and wellness of Black communities;
- connecting people to licensed mental health clinicians through a referral database and offering clinicians educational growth opportunities; and
- community programs, such as school-based mental health services, youth tobacco education and prevention, and summer camp.
Find out more at blackmentalhealth.com.
3. Black Women’s Health Imperative
Black Women’s Health Imperative is the oldest nonprofit organization created by Black women to promote the health and wellness of Black women and girls. The organization:
- creates national programs in health policy, education, research, knowledge and leadership;
- develops initiatives and campaigns in conjunction with partner organizations to promote awareness around important health and equity causes; and
- publishes comprehensive reports and guides on health issues and policies affecting Black women and girls.
Learn more at bwhi.org.
GirlTrek is a public health nonprofit that inspires Black women and girls to use walking to promote healthy living in their families and communities. Members advocate for local and national policy to increase physical activity, improve access to safe walking, protect and reclaim green spaces, and improve the walkability of in-need communities.
Find out more about starting a local team at girltrek.org.