Black Women and Public Health
Strategies to Name, Locate, and Change Systems of Power
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Moves Black women's voices and experiences from the margins to the center of conversations about public health.
2022 CHOICE Outstanding Academic Title
Black Women and Public Health creates an urgently needed interdisciplinary dialogue about issues of race, gender, and health. An enduring history of racism, sexism, and dehumanization of Black women's bodies has largely rendered the health needs of the Black community inaudible and invisible. Grounded in the lived experiences and expertise of Black women, this collection bridges gaps between researchers, practitioners, educators, and advocates. Black women's public health work is a regenerative practice—one that looks backward, inward, and forward to improve the quality of life for Black communities in the United States and beyond. The three dozen authors in this volume offer analysis, critique, and recommendations for overcoming longstanding and contemporary challenges to equity in public health practices.
Stephanie Y. Evans is Professor and Director of the Institute for Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and Affiliate Faculty of the Department of African American Studies at Georgia State University. Sarita K. Davis is Associate Professor of Africana Studies at Georgia State University. Leslie R. Hinkson is Chief Officer for Racial Justice and Equity, The League of Conservation Voters. Deanna J. Wathington MD, MPH, FAAFP is Affiliate Professor in the College of Public Health and the College of Arts and Science at the University of South Florida.
"This expert volume fills an urgent need for in-depth examinations of race, gender and health." — Ms. Magazine
"In addition to outlining the array of challenges Black women face, the book also reveals the many ways Black women have impacted and influenced the development of public health through employment and activism and offers suggestions for improving both public health and the experiences of Black women … Highly recommended." — CHOICE
"This exceptional volume interweaves contributions from leading scholar-activists dedicated to social justice for—and the physical and mental wellness of—American Black girls and women. Well-researched and richly contextual, it provides a space and a place to 'hear' from Black women themselves about how race, gender, and class negatively impact their health. This book provides innovative strategies for change and offers a robust rationale for implementing a community-centered, culturally congruent, and gender-sensitive public health approach." — Kisha B. Holden, coeditor of Social Determinants of Health Among African-American Men