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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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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HIghlight of our impact

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

The Foundation for Black Women's Wellness is an outgrowth of work begun by Founder Lisa M. Peyton, 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.

12 YEARS

OF TRANSFORMING LIVES

10,000+

women reached and engaged annuaLly

$100,000+

community assistance dollars 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 M. Peyton, MS.Ed., Founder, CEO & President

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

April 16, 2024

PRESS RELEASE: Saving Our Babies Initiative Celebrates 6 Years - Proving the Power of Collective Impact on Transforming Black Birth Outcomes

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January 31, 2024

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September 4, 2023

The First Lady of the United States Visits The Foundation for Black Women’s Wellness: Promotes Cancer Prevention and the President’s Cancer Moonshot

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Upcoming Events

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 28, 2024

16th Annual Black Women's Wellness Day

A full-day transformation event! Experience a powerful mix of information, inspiration and empowerment to catapult you into resilient, transformational living!

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SATURDAY, JUNE 29, 2024
NoON - 4:00PM

Community Resource Fair & Block Party

Bring the whole family as we embrace an afternoon of self-care, connect with our neighbors and indulge in good music and food.
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