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Black Women for Wellness is a multi-generational, community based organization committed to the health and well-being of Black women and girls by building healthy communities through health education, empowerment, advocacies, and resources!

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Black Women for Wellness believes in the strength and wisdom of our community and allies. We are committed to the health and well-being of Black women and girls through health education, empowerment and advocacy.

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.

Our Values

We believe that good health is physical, spiritual, emotional, mental and financial well-being.

We believe in preventing illness through education, self-empowerment, access, appropriate treatments and interventions, and blending solutions that work for Black women and girls.

We believe in healthy communities where Black women and girls have the ability and resources to grow strong and soar.

We believe that good health involves an integration of western medicine and holistic health practices to create a better life.

We believe that the lifestyles or financial and educational status of Black women and girls must not matter in our ability to implement health decisions or access to health services.

Who We Are

Black Women for Wellness (BWW)

Black Women for Wellness is a multi-generational, community based organization located in the heart of the Leimert Park area of Los Angeles, California. At Black Women for Wellness, our mission is to be committed to the health and well-being of Black women and girls through health education, empowerment and advocacy. Organized by 6 Black women in 1997, Black Women for Wellness’ strategies include:

    • Increasing communication sharing amongst health care professionals,
    • Developing and implementing cultural and gender appropriate programs
    • Supporting and empowering women to take leadership roles that advocate toward eliminating health disparities,
    • Publishing culturally relevant health information,
    • Research and validation of effective prevention strategies and tools, documenting new health trends impacting well-being, and
    • Being an active listening voice concerning the health status of African American women

Reproductive Justice

The Reproductive Justice Program at Black Women for Wellness is proud to present this guide in partnership with our community. Our focus is centering the sexual health and wellness of Black women and girls.

Our programs include:

Grown and Sexy

    • Focuses on the sexual health, relationships and wellbeing of Black women 40 and up.

Get Smart B4 U Get Sexy

    • Focuses on the sexual health, relationships, and well being of Black women and girls 14-30

Maternal and Infant Health

    • Goal is to reduce and eventually eliminate, the disproportionately high Black maternal and infant mortality rate.

We envision this guide as a tool to support the health and wellbeing of Black women and a way to connect Black mothers to resources in their community. This guide is a direct response to our community telling us that they need a way to access current, local resources that meet their varying needs as Black women, mothers and birthing people.

Black Women for Wellness is physically located in the Leimert Park area of Los Angeles, though this small but mighty cadre of women (and men) has a global reach.

Our website is and you can find us on social media as @BW4WLA

Our Partner

The South LA/South Bay (SLASB) African American Infant and Maternal Mortality (AAIMM)

Community Action Team (CAT)

The foundational principle of the South Los Angeles/South Bay (SLASB) African American Infant and Maternal Mortality (AAIMM) Community Action Team (CAT) is to bring community and local health government together to partner in reducing the Black/African American infant and maternal mortality rates in Los Angeles County by addressing the underlying root causes, such as racism, lack of equitable and quality care, supportive and informed resources/education, and more, which have negatively impacted the life expectancy of Black/African American mothers and infants. Furthermore, the purpose of the SLASB AAIMM CAT is to foster, develop, and implement a partnership that involves mothers, fathers, grandparents, community/faith-based/grass-roots organizations, and community members, with each other and the designated staff from the County Health Agency – Department of Health Services, Department of Public Health and the Department of Mental Health.

Together, through our five workgroups: Community Outreach and Engagement (COE), Family-Centered Models of Care (FCMC), Integrated Community Solutions (ICS), Policy and Advocacy and Funder’s Circle, we strive to create strategies to reduce African American infant and maternal mortality in the South LA and South Bay area.

Additionally, AAIMM has a doula program for Black women and birthing persons. For more information please visit:

It was important for the SLASB AAIMM CAT to participate because of the continuous dismissal and erasure of the Black community, and Black women specifically. We want to empower the community by providing resources, while encouraging the community to take action to be involved in the fight. With the most recent passing of two young Black mothers, Ms. April Valentine and Mrs. Bridgette Cromer, the SLASB AAIMM CAT has been reminded that our work is definitely necessary, invaluable, and cannot be done without the support, participation, and engagement of our community to prevent Black infant and maternal deaths, while ensuring that we Support, Protect and Believe Black Women/Birthing People.

The SLASB AAIMM CAT is continuing the fight to protect Black women and their infants by ‘Growing Our Village’.If you’re interested in joining the movement, scan the QR code below or contact the CAT at [email protected].


This guide has been designed to directly address the needs of our community as they have been expressed to us. The resources in this guide are from Los Angeles and surrounding cities. This guide is designed to be holistic in approach and accessible to all users.

There is a continual need for Black women to be supported as we navigate the many ways racism and white supremacy impose upon our quests to live, enjoy life, create, grow families, and contribute our unique genius to our communities and world. This support, as expressed in the guide, comes through affirmations, positive mantras, self care tips, external support services and the knowing that we are all standing together.

During the pandemic, the impact of the health and financial crises the world was facing hit Black communities hardest. During this time, Black Women for Wellness received even more calls than usual from community members looking for everything from emergency services for domestic violence survivors, homeless resources and economic support, to services that would provide support for a joyous birthing journey and everything else in between. Knowing that other organizations were also getting these same calls and that so much information had changed through the pandemic, we knew it was time to create a new guide.

However, we knew for it to be comprehensive and effective, we could not, and would not want to do it alone.

Therefore, this guide was created as a result of the dynamic partnership between the African American Infant Maternal Mortality Community Action Team(AAIMM CAT) of South Los Angeles/South Bay and Black Women for Wellness. In fact, when we found ourselves receiving the calls for service and support, we turned to our AAIMM CAT partners. As our communities were mourning the continual and unnecessary deaths of Black folks due to COVID and the increased risk of maternal infant loss for Black moms during birth, we looked to AAIMM CAT and knew we would find a creative, supportive partner ready to engage in this work with us. So when we decided to embark upon creating a comprehensive community resource guide, it was natural to reach out to the AAIMM CAT and they were ready to collaborate. Under the direction of its leadership, they generously leveraged their vast, county and community based network and provided staff to work part time each week to ensure this guide lived up to its potential and could be completed in a timely manner to meet the demands of the community.

It is with great pleasure that we provide the communities we serve with this work, the time, partnerships and intent of service that will be available for many years to come. We hope that this guide is everything you need it to be. We hope that the love for Black people and our committed, determined fight towards liberation is received with all of the love and joy that was present as the guide was being conceived. We offer thanks to those who continually entrust us with the duty of connecting each other and being a pillar in Los Angeles and other surrounding cities.

Finally, we offer our sincere prayers that whatever is happening in your life as you use this guide, that the pages within help make the process a bit easier, joyous and fulfilling.

Closing Statement

In this guide it was our intention to provide you with a plethora of current, localized information relevant to Black women and birthing people in L.A. and surrounding cities. In this guide you should have found access to resources that range from emergency beds at shelters to doula care to transgender support groups. The table of contents and index provide easy accessibility to the guide through key words and categories. We hope that you have found this guide helpful and that you revisit its contents, especially the beautifully crafted affirmations and mantras, often. Please share this guide with all, feel free to share digital links to whomever would find benefit.

Please visit our website to share your thoughts and stories with us on how this guide has impacted you and your journey towards wellness.

We can be reached via:


Email: [email protected]

Office Phone: (323) 290-5955

Office Address: 4340 11th ave, Los Angeles, CA 90008