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AB 775: Reproductive FACT ACT
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Assemblymembers David Chiu (D-San Francisco) and Autumn Burke (D-Los Angeles) introduced AB 775, a bill that helps ensure women receive prompt access to affordable, comprehensive reproductive-health care and are empowered to make fully informed decisions.

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AB 775, the Reproductive Freedom, Accountability, Comprehensive Care and Transparency (FACT) Act, requires licensed facilities that provide family planning and pregnancy-related services to inform patients about available assistance for affordable contraception, abortion, and prenatal care, including how to obtain that assistance. Facilities that offer similar services but do not have a medical license must disclose that they are not licensed facilities and do not have a licensed provider on staff. The bill is sponsored by NARAL Pro-Choice California and Black Women for Wellness.

“California has a proud legacy of providing safe access to preventative, prenatal and reproductive services to all women,” said Assemblymember Chiu. “Unfortunately, a growing and alarming movement is working to mislead women in order to achieve their political ideology. We have a responsibility as lawmakers to make sure that the information given to women who are making their own healthcare decisions is accurate and timely.”

“All women in California have the right to take charge of their own reproductive health care, and they deserve full access to all of their options,” said Assemblywoman Autumn R. Burke. “AB 775 helps us uphold those hard-won rights and holds all licensed facilities accountable for providing quality care.”

“California has always been a leader in passing policies to ensure full reproductive health access to women,” said Janette Robinson Flint, PhD, Executive Director of Black Women for Wellness. “And while that is hugely important, I know we can do more to ensure that all women are able to exercise full reproductive autonomy. The Reproductive FACT act is a piece of legislation that takes us one step closer to full reproductive freedom. By ensuring women not only have access to reproductive health information free from coercion, and informing women of the full range of choices available to live healthy full lives regardless of, race, income or geographic location, we continue to actualize the ideas of reproductive justice.”

“We can all agree that women should have complete and accurate information when making time-sensitive decisions about their reproductive health,” said Amy Everitt, State Director for NARAL Pro-Choice California. “AB 775 makes sure anyone who seeks care at a clinic in California walks away knowing that the state will help her access affordable health care.”

AB 775 also helps address the public health threat posed by anti-choice crisis pregnancy centers (CPCs). NARAL Pro-Choice California conducted a year-long undercover investigation of CPCs, revealing a disturbing pattern of medical misinformation and manipulation of women. The results of the investigation can be found at www.cpclies.com.

“CPCs target women seeking abortion care with false advertising that misleads women into thinking they are comprehensive women’s health facilities. Instead, CPC workers are trained to lie to women to keep them from accessing contraception and abortion care. It’s time for California to take a stand against their deceptive practices, and AB 775 is an important step in fighting their campaign of misinformation.”

In February, a federal judge upheld a San Francisco ordinance prohibiting misleading advertising by crisis pregnancy centers, sponsored by Supervisor Malia Cohen. “CPCs have been an issue even in a progressive city like San Francisco,” said Supervisor Cohen. “That is why we took action locally to regulate their deceptive advertising practices. All women deserve to know the truth about their reproductive health care choices and I am proud to see that our local legislation helped lay the groundwork for ensuring women in California have access to truthful and complete information about their pregnancies.”

The Reproductive FACT Act is supported by ACT for Women and Girls, American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists-District IX, American Nurses Association/California, California Association for Nurse Practitioners, California Church IMPACT, California Latinas for Reproductive Justice, California Primary Care Association, California Women Lawyers, California Women’s Law Center, Forward Together, Fresno Barrios Unidos, League of Women Voters of California, Maternal and Child Health Access, Nevada County Citizens for Choice, Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California, National Abortion Federation, National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum, National Council of Jewish Women-California, Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice, Western Methodist Justice Movement, Women’s Community Clinic and Women’s Health Specialists.

AB 775 will be heard in the Assembly Committee on Health on Tuesday, April 14th.

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April 2015 Focus on Equity: Communities of Color in a Post-ACA California
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Over 3.5 million Californians have enrolled in new coverage options since the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, yet persistent health disparities remain among communities of color, immigrants, and Limited English Proficient populations. Join CPEHN and our partners for Focus on Equity: Communities of Color in a Post-ACA California, as we highlight opportunities to advance equity in 2015 and beyond. Topics will include:

* Health for All
* Integration of behavioral health in primary care
* The importance of equity in measuring the quality of health care

The convening will provide participants with the opportunity to:

* Hear updates on key policy issues to advance equity for communities of color in health coverage
* Learn about key legislative proposals
* Discuss advocacy and mobilization efforts to advance policy

Registration is $25 for the General Public, $10 for CPEHN Network Members. The Network Member discount code is: 4EQUITY

Oakland – April 21, 2015
9:30 am to 2:00 pm
Nile Hall, Preservation Park
668 13th Street
Co-hosts: ACCESS Women’s Health Justice, Asian Health Services, Korean Community Center of the East Bay, Young Invincibles
Register for Oakland

Fresno – April 23, 2015
9:30 am to 2:00 pm
Fresno Downtown Business Hub
1444 Fulton Street
Co-hosts: California Rural Legal Assistance Foundation, Centro Binacional para el Desarrollo Indígena Oaxaqueño, Centro La Familia
Register for Fresno

Los Angeles – April 27, 2015
9:30 am to 2:00 pm
Japanese American Cultural and Community Center
Garden Room A
244 S. San Pedro Street
Co-hosts: Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Los Angeles, Black Women for Wellness, Centro Binacional para el Desarrollo Indígena Oaxaqueño, Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles, Community Health Councils, Korean Resource Center, National Immigration Law Center, Young Invincibles
Register for Los Angeles

San Diego – April 28, 2015
9:30 am to 2:00 pm
Sherman Heights Community Center
2258 Island Avenue
Co-hosts: Council of Community Clinics & Community Clinics Health Network of San Diego, Mid-City CAN, San Diego Black Health Associates, San Ysidro Health Center
Register for San Diego

In addition to these four events, we will also be holding an additional convening in San Bernardino. More information to come soon!

Continental breakfast and lunch will be provided. Interpretation available by request.

Click to register for Focus on Equity: Communities of Color in a Post-ACA California.

A special thanks to our funders, who help make all our events possible:
AstraZeneca
The California Endowment
California HealthCare Foundation
HealthNet
Kaiser Permanente
The San Francisco Foundation
Sutter Health


Photos from Kama Sutra Valentine’s Day Event
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Black Women for Wellness Celebrates Valentines Day 2015

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Black Women for Wellness celebrates Valentine’s Day 2015 with delicious food, fashion, beauty and more…


The Empowered Lifestyle Coach by Rhonda Kuykendall-Jabari
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Your life experience can light a fire or motivation in your participants. Unlike celebrity spokespeople on TV, you are a live, flawed, flesh and bone person just like them. The power of your personal story is more relatable and inspiring than you can imagine. Your story is as helpful as any information they may glean from the participants notebook. You are the magic. By sharing your story, and inviting others to do the same, you will help them discover their innate ability to self-heal.

I am the granddaughter of former slaves on both sides of my family. They had no education and no one offered to ‘help’ them navigate life as ‘free’ people. Ignorant and afraid, they succumbed to life as sharecroppers; paying their captors for the privilege to work as free labor. My grandmother, Odessia Champ, had “the sugar,” which we now call diabetes. She received no care beyond diagnosis and eventually died from related complications as her children watched helpless and afraid. Her older children followed suit as type 2 diabetes took over, reeling out of control. Like their mother, they died of diabetes-related diseases and conditions.

My Mom, Odessia’s 6th child of 7, intellectually knew everything she needed to know to prevent the onset of type 2 diabetes. She was a trained nurse and provided loving care to thousands of patients, educating families about how to live well and prevent illness. Unaware of the power of her own thoughts, my mother’s personal mantra became, “I’m a sitting duck. I know I’m going to have diabetes.” And so it was. In her late 60’s, Mom successfully manifested type 2 diabetes. My father also has type 2 diabetes.

Children either mimic the traits of their parents, or they fight with all their might to do the opposite – rejecting those traits we wish to abandon. My family’s history of diabetes is the spark that ignited my choice to become a healer and wellness educator. My parents modeled how to be diabetic. All five of their children have chosen a different path. Ranging in age from 53 to 60, we are diabetes-free! We make wise food choices and engage in various levels of physical activity. My involvement in Change your Lifestyle. Change Your Life. is a response to a Divine assignment to change the health history of my family and community, while empowering others to do the same. This is my story.

You are not here by accident. What life events prepared you to be a Lifestyle Coach? What is your connection to diabetes and why is it important to help others prevent this deadly disease? Share your story with your participants. Telling your story will help others heal. It will strengthen your voice and reaffirm your values. Sharing your story has the potential to encourage others to pursue peace and hope, which opens the heart to transformation and lays a foundation for successful and lasting lifestyle change.

The Empowered Lifestyle Coach is written by Rhonda Kuykendall-Jabari for the training & development of BWWLA Change Your Lifestyle. Change Your Life. Lifestyle Coaches. For information about National Diabetes Prevention Program classes & Lifestyle Coaching opportunities at BWWLA, contact Rhonda at (323) 290-5955.


Must-Read Literature for Black History Month
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Too Heavy a Load, Book Cover Too Heavy a Load celebrates this century’s rich history of black women defending themselves, from Ida B. Wells to Anita Hill. Although most prominently a history of the century-long struggle against racism and male chauvinism, Deborah Gray White also movingly illuminates black women’s painful struggle to hold their racial and gender identities intact while feeling the inexorable pull of the agendas of white women and black men.

 

 

 


Ida Wells-Barnett, Book Cover In the tradition of towering biographies that tell us as much about America as they do about their subject, Ida: A Sword Among Lions is a sweeping narrative about a country and a crusader embroiled in the struggle against lynching: a practice that imperiled not only the lives of black men and women, but also a nation based on law and riven by race.

 

 

 


Freedoms Daughters, Book Cover Who What When Where Why, These are just a few of the questions asked and answered in this book. It’s a book that people should refer to often. The Unsung Heroines of the Civil Rights Movement 1830 – 1970, by Lynne Olson.

 

 

 

 

 


Freedom's Teacher, Book Cover Septima Clark just look at her life and the quite impact she had.

In the mid-1950s, Septima Poinsette Clark (1898-1987), a former public school teacher, developed a citizenship training program that enabled thousands of African Americans to register to vote and then to link the power of the ballot to concrete strategies for individual and communal empowerment.

 

 

 


Sisters in the Struggle, Book Cover “If Bettye Collier-Thomas and V.P. Franklin had only gathered together a distinguished group of scholars to document the role woman played in the black freedom movement, their contribution would be immense. But Sisters in the Struggle is more than an acknowledgement and celebration of black woman’s activism. It is a major revision of history, revealing that black women were the critical thinkers, strategists, fighters, and dreamers of the movement. Black feminists developed a social vision expansive enough to emancipate us all.” – Robin D.G. Kelley,author of Race Rebels: Culture, Politics, and the Black Working Class

 


Urban Chef’s Academy
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Black Women for Wellness | Sisters in Motion | Kitchen Divas Program

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Urban Chef’s Academy

Urban Chefs Academy is a after-school, year-long curriculum, youth food club that teaches nutrition and health through food preparation, education, awareness and policy. Providing an in-depth look at our attitudes and practices, food culture and access to food, Urban Chefs Academy creates youth leaders and advocates who will positively impact the health of our families and communities.

Topics will include:

  • Healthy Recipes and Food Preparation
  • Nutrition and Healthy Eating Choices – influencing school and family policy on food access
  • Plant-Based Food Philosophy: How it Can Be Greener on the Other Side
  • Career Options – From Farmers, Chefs and Scientists to Advertising, Movie Props and Policy Makers, Restaurants, Writing to Business Owners, and Community Leaders
  • Exploring Food Cultures – Local and Global
  • The Triple “A” Threat – Access, Awareness and Attitudes
  • What’s the World Got to Do with It? Environmental Influences that Impact Our Food
  • Political Landscape and Food Policies that Affect How, Why and What We Eat
  • The Future of Food – Trends, Possibilities and Vision
  • Food Scarcity, implications of draught on food security and defining food deserts

Meet Our Urban Chefs

Chef Niambi Simms
Urban Chef Academy Niambi Simms
Niambi Sims is the founder/owner of Integrated Wellness Concepts, a company that offers holistic solutions for optimum health.

A certified Fitness Instructor, Yoga Therapist and Wellness Coach, Niambi has taught various types of fitness, meditation and healthy cooking classes throughout the United States, Europe, Africa and Brazil.

Among other projects, Niambi is excited about her most recent endeavor: teaching food preparation to students in the Los Angeles Unified School District at Crenshaw High School. She brings passion and enthusiasm to all of her classes as it is her mission to educate, inspire, and expand the awareness of her community!

www.integratedwellnessconcepts.com


Chef Mika Williams
Urban Chef Academy Mika Williams

As a stay-at-home mother of two, Mika Williams is an active volunteer with various charities and philanthropic initiatives. She served as Co-Chair for Community Services and then President for the Los Angeles chapter of Mocha Moms, Inc., She has been intimately involved with assisting the March of Dimes improve the health of babies. Mika has also assisted PAX Incorporated and the United Negro College Fund. Prior to motherhood, Mika worked as a High School Special Education teacher, and also in hospitality management for more than 14 years, specializing in event planning for boutique and hotel properties throughout Southern California. She completed a ten-week culinary training course through St. Joseph’s Culinary Training Program and holds a Servsafe Kitchen Manager certificate. Mika has owned Dessert 1st, a boutique catering company, since 2010. She received her B.A. in Travel and Tourism from California State University at Dominguez Hills and completed coursework in Special Education at Loyola Marymount University. She is excited about her new endeavor as Chef instructor at Barack Obama Global Preparation Middle School of Los Angeles Unified School District.


Chef Markus Bold
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Raised in the city of Compton , chef Markus Bold sapped the motivation to succeed from seeing his beloved grandmother push herself pasted her limits to provide a deprived life style. Chef Markus Bold has since redirected that exact drive and motivation into creating pallet pleasing dishes with an urban influence.


Urban Chefs Academy began implementation on Dec 1, 2015 at 4 locations:

  • Barack Obama Middle School
  • Audubon Middle School
  • Crenshaw High School
  • Washington High Schools.

Funding is via a contract with Community Health Council (Center for Disease Control & Prevention/Beyond the Bell projects).


See Photos from the 23rd Annual Empowerment Summit
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“50 years later: chaos or community?”

Youth session: Turn up for justice

Special guest Mark Ridley-Thomas and Cornel West


Celebrate MLK’s Birthday and see the film “Selma”
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Celebrate the life of Martin Luther King Jr. by seeing the film Selma and supporting black filmmakers and actors.

Black Women for Wellness along with other organizations is taking a selected group of high school students to view the film on Martin Luther King’s birthday, January 19th.

Selma is a 2014 American historical drama film directed by Ava DuVernay and written by Paul Webb and Ava DuVernay.[4] It is based on the 1965 Selma to Montgomery voting rights marches led by James Bevel,[5][6] Hosea Williams, and Martin Luther King, Jr. of SCLC and John Lewis of SNCC. The film stars David Oyelowo as King, Tom Wilkinson as President Lyndon Johnson, Common as James Bevel, Tim Roth as George Wallace, and Carmen Ejogo as Coretta Scott King.

Click here to purchase tickets on moviefone

Theaters:
Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza 15 + Xtreme
4020 Marlton Ave,
Los Angeles, CA 90008

Pacific The Grove Stadium 14
189 The Grove Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90036

ArcLight Hollywood
6360 W. Sunset Blvd
Hollywood, CA 90028

Vintage Cinemas Vista Theatre
4473 Sunset Blvd.
Hollywood, CA 90027


Jan 21st – Experts Answer Your Questions About Obamacare
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Sisters with Options and Covered California Certified Educator/Enrollment Counselors will be hosting an online Twitter event to answer questions about Obamacare.

The deadline for Obamacare registration is February 15, 2015. If you fail to get insurance by that date you will incur IRS penalities of more than $300. If you do not yet have insurance and are unsure about how to proceed, do not miss this event!

We will address questions like:

1) How do I sign up for Obamacare?

2) Can I keep my current doctor if I transfer from my current insurance provider to Obamacare?

3) Do I qualify for tax subsidies to reduce my insurance costs?

4) What happens if I don’t sign up for insurance by February 15, 2015? Will I be penalized?


Sisters@Eight Discusses the State of Los Angeles Hospitals
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This Friday, we are hosting our first Sisters@Eight of the year! Join Black Women for Wellness as we take a deep dive into the state of South Los Angeles hospitals. We will have updates on the progress of Martin Luther King Hospital as well as information on St. Francis and St. Vincent sale or closure.
Sisters@ Eight
Friday, Jan 9, 2015
8:30 am – 10:30 am
Department of Water and Power
4030 Crenshaw Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90008

See Photos from the Dec. 2014 Winter Solstice Party
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BWW’s holiday celebration for staff, members, family and friends…


Sisters @ Eight, #Blacklivesmatter, Dec. 12, 8:30am
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Following the no-indictment verdict, the killing of Tamir Rice and the countless other young black folks we have lost to institutional state violence in recent times, Black Women for Wellness has dedicated our next Sisters@Eight to discuss emotions, and solutions around black lives. Please join us for this important conversation.

To RSVP, please call Greg at 323-290-5955 or RSVP via Facebook

Date and Time: December 12, 2014, 8:30am

Location: DWP, 4030 Crenshaw Boulevard Los Angeles CA 90008

 


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