About Black Women for Wellness

Our Story

Black Women for Wellness started as a group of women who – concerned with the health and well-being of black babies – teamed up with the Birthing Project to implement the Shangazi Program.

This grass roots program matched pregnant women to mentors who coached parents from pregnancy until the child was at least one year old.

Within 4 years of implementation, BWW began moving upstream to address systems and political policy by becoming a California 501 (c) (3) non profit in 1997.

Our Theory of Change:

Black Women for Wellness believes in the strength and wisdom of our community and allies. We believe that we have the solutions, resources and responsibility to create the shifts and change needed to impact our health status. Each of us must develop our personal power, hold accountable and support acknowledged leadership, and most importantly, contribute to our survival and growth as a community.

With Your Support:

Black Women for Wellness will continue to implement education, outreach and engagement programs:


Outreach and education

Policy work

Community research

Dialog, forums, workshops, institutes, conferences