The Well Black Woman® Institute (WBWI) builds the knowledge, skills, and capacity of Black Women to become health equity advocates, leaders, and change agents within our own lives, our community, and across the state.
Framework & PURPOSE
The Well Black Woman® Institute is an innovative leadership development program that will serve as a springboard for participating fellows as they position themselves as leaders in the health equity and community justice fields. The core institute incorporates well-established power building, personal and collective empowerment, and capacity-building models to successfully prepare and activate women for social impact.
Our work is grounded in a theory of change that centers Black women as the locus of power and impact to drive transformation both on the personal, community, and systems level.
Purpose of the Institute
- To mobilize and equip Black women as informed health equity advocates in Wisconsin.
- To bridge Black women leaders with system, community, and cross-sector partners to impact transformational change.
- To build a statewide coalition of empowered Black women to advance health equity in Wisconsin.
- To co-create new equitable systems, structures, and ways of being that transform Black women's health and well-being in Wisconsin.
Institute Structure & TIME COMMITMENT
The Well Black Woman® Institute is an 8-month training experience organized for small learning cohorts of 10-15 Fellows each year. The program will be primarily virtual, with periodic in-person meet-ups.
The 2024 Fellow cohort engagement timeline will be February 1, 2024 - September 30, 2024.
WBWI Fellows are expected to invest 6-8 hours per month on the training and developmental experience. We encourage you to assess whether you will be able to commit this time consistently over the 8-month Institute program as you consider applying.
The Institute training experience consists of:
- One 2-hour Cohort Welcome event:
Thursday, February 22, 2024, evening 6:00-7:00 virtual
- Two monthly 2-hour live virtual group training sessions on Thursdays from 9am-11am
March 14 & 28, 2024
April 11 & 25, 2024
May 9 & 23, 2024
June 6 & 20, 2024
- Module 6 Leadership Showcase day
July 18, 2024 9am-3:30pm
**Full day at our Madison center**
- Required attendance at 16th Annual Black Women’s Wellness Day event, date to be determined
- Optional networking and wellness events
WBWI facilitators and instructors are experts in the field of public health, education, civic engagement, and transformative leadership. The WBWI connects participating fellows with leaders, systems partners, and mentors to leverage our collective work and to co-design solutions that respond to health equity gaps.
WBWI Fellows will complete a required culminating project to outline their plan of action in the months and years following the institute to amplify their impact on health equity in their communities. Fellows will be supported by staff and instructors to shape and develop their projects.
After completing the 8-month foundational training experience, WBWI Fellows are expected to remain engaged with the Institute for 2 years as mentors to new cohorts and as partners to inform, co-lead, and advocate alongside the Foundation on health equity efforts.
WHO SHOULD APPLY?
Black Women in Wisconsin who are passionate about driving change to improve health and well-being in their communities; and who are driven to collaborate with other Black Women and organizational partners for powerful collective action.
COMPLETE THE APPLICATION!
The application for the 2024 - Cohort 3 is now closed. submit youR interest form
If you would like to be notified of our next application window, please complete our
Well Black Woman®️ Institute Interest Form.