Linda Goler Blount and Byllye Avery of The Black Women’s Health Imperative

The divide between black-and-white reality in this country is all too often a matter of life and death, not only for black men in danger from the cops but black women of color who by most measures of health status have historically fared worse than other Americans as well as other minorities. The death rate from breast cancer for African-American women is 50 percent higher than for white women. Disproportionate problems also exist in the areas of diabetes, heart disease, cervical cancer, and obesity.

Talking with me from Washington DC is Linda Goler Blount, from the Black Women’s Health Imperative, a national organization dedicated to improving the health and wellness of our nation’s Black women. And with me in the studio is the founder of that organization, one of our country’s most honored health activists, Byllye Avery.

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