Black Women for Wellness, a woman-centered community-based organization that educates Black women and girls about reproductive justice issues, is led by Executive Director Janette Robinson Flint.
She is also a member of the Los Angeles Coalition for Reproductive Justice, the California Coalition for Reproductive Freedom, and In Our Own Voice, a national coalition of Black women advocating for reproductive justice.
While pregnant, Janette sought a holistic practitioner to work with and explore the concept of “a gentle birth”. The experience allowed her to imagine a world where powerful women in optimum physical, mental, spiritual, emotional, and financial health lead us into justice and peace. This spark lit the flame for Black Women for Wellness to be born.
Ms. Robinson Flint has worked and collaborated with various organizations over the years, including The Birthing Project USA, Great Beginnings for Black Babies, The National Health Foundation, March of Dimes, Inglewood Healthy Mothers & Babies, South Los Angeles Health Project, Women Infants & Children (South Los Angeles advisory board) as well as holding a community faculty seat at the Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science.
A love of travel combined with her work inspired the creation of Black Women for Wellness after attending the 4th World Conference on Women in Beijing, China. As a researcher in Cuba, she also saw for herself what political will can accomplish in terms of universal health. With self-care and wellness at the forefront of her daily agenda, she starts each day in Los Angeles with great food, a good story (whether a book or a movie), spoken word, live music, salsa dancing, and a scenic walk. She is grounded through challenges, traffic, and the fight for freedom through a victory that encourages women’s health.