The Preamble

Black Women Deserve... is a Policy BluePrint for Black Women’s Health in Wisconsin serving as a roadmap and tool to engage and mobilize Black Women and Allies to address our state’s persistent and stagnant racial health disparities impacting Black women, children and families.

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MOBILIZING AND EMPOWERING

THE WELL BLACK WOMAN

We will radically transform Black Women’s health by creating a world where Black women and girls live long, happy and thriving lives, defined by healthy minds, bodies and spirits.

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OUR PURPOSE

Empowering a Generation of Well Black Women

We will radically transform Black Women’s health by creating a world where Black women and girls live long, happy and thriving lives, defined by healthy minds, bodies and spirits.

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HIghlight of our impact

We envision a world where Black women are healthy, thriving, and free.

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he Foundation for Black Women's Wellness is an outgrowth of work begun by Founder Lisa Peyton-Caire, after losing her mother, Roberta Peyton, on May 26, 2006 at the age of 64. Roberta died of heart disease, which affects nearly 50,000 African-American women annuallySince that time, the Foundation has been dedicated to informing, inspiring, and empowering women and girls to build and sustain healthy, thriving, wellness-centered lives and bring together women, health partners, wellness practitioners, community leaders, and organizations in support and solidarity Black women's health.

9 YEARS

OF TRANSFORMING LIVES

7000+

women reached and engaged annualy

$70,000+

relief funds distributed

“Our primary concern is to keep Black women alive in the face of alarming disparities and to move ourselves and our families from surviving to thriving. To do that starts with confronting where we are and engaging everyone in the solutions. We’re pulling back the curtain so we can chart a new course for Black Women’s health. Join us.”

-Lisa Peyton-Caire, Founder & CEO

Testimonials

The Power of Our Impact

"My children and I are healthier and stronger than ever, and the Foundation will always be an important part of our lives."
JACKIE DONALD
"I never thought that I would be walking in these shoes today until everybody said, 'Yes, you can.'"
christine lashore
"When I met FFBWW, I was 404 pounds, on a walker and oxygen tank, and dying from heart disease and obesity. Today, I am my healthiest self ever! The Foundation has changed my life!"
cassandra smoot-sonko
jackie donald
"My children and I are healthier and stronger than ever, and the Foundation will always be an important part of our lives."
christine lashore
"I never thought that I would be walking in these shoes today until everybody said, 'Yes, you can.'"
cassandra smoot-sonko
"When I met FFBWW, I was 404 pounds, on a walker and oxygen tank, and dying from heart disease and obesity. Today, I am my healthiest self ever! The Foundation has changed my life!"

Publications

The Foundation continues to be a leading voice and advocate for Black Women and families in Dane County and across Wisconsin, ensuring Black Women are shaping the policies, practices, and narratives that most impact their lives. We are committed to raising public awareness, engagement and accountability for advancing Black women’s health and broad health equity through publications and original research as follows:

Listening to Black Women: The Critical Step to Eliminating Wisconsin’s Black Birth Disparities

Black women’s health is in a state of emergency in Wisconsin.

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Mayo Clinic Special Report: Race and health

This special report focuses on health disparities between racial groups.

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Saving Our Babies

Uncovering solutions to lower the incidence of low birth weight babies born to Black mothers in Dane County.

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Black Women Deserve...

Improving Black Women's Health in Wisconsin: A Preamble to The Foundation for Black Women's Wellness Policy Blueprint

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Published September 24, 2021
in her own words

I dreamed up Black Women's Wellness Day as my contribution to saving our lives

I realized that what happened to my mother was not the exception, but the norm for far too many women in my family and extended community. Yet, I didn’t hear any alarm bells going off. Black women all around me were dying young in the prime of their lives form largely preventable illnesses, and no one was making a sound about it. We wept, we planned and attended their funerals, and went on with life accepting this as their fate…our fate. At that point, I knew I had to do and say something to change this course. Black Women’s Wellness Day was what I dreamed up as my contribution to saving our lives.

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Featured News

October 15, 2021

Advocates bring awareness to importance of breast cancer screenings and disparities

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October 6, 2021

The Momnibus Act Protects Wisconsin’s Black Babies from a Premature Death

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September 3, 2021

13th annual Black Women’s Wellness Day all about “Building The Future We Deserve”

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SEPTEMBER 2021

13th Annual Black Women's Wellness Day

A 2-Day Virtual Transformation event! Experience a powerful mix of information, inspiration and empowerment to catapult you into resilient, transformational living!

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Saturday, February 12th, 2022

Wear Red Day

One of our most fun events of the year, and a heart-saving afternoon of sisterhood and learning to protect your heart! Prizes, food, and more...

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