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CBC Health Braintrust Chairwoman Dr. Robin Kelly Statement on National Women’s Health Week

May 9, 2016
Press Release

U.S. Congresswoman Robin Kelly (D-IL), chairwoman of the Congressional Black Caucus Health Braintrust, today issued the following statement in recognition of National Women’s Health Week.

“This week, we recognize National Women’s Health Week to encourage women to take control of their health and to address the health disparities that are contributing to negative health outcomes for African American women. Black women continue to be disproportionately impacted by HIV/AIDS. Black women also have higher rates of hypertension, uterine fibroids and lupus than other groups of women. While white women are more likely to have breast cancer, African American women are much more likely to die of the disease. Black women are also four times more likely to die from pregnancy-related causes.  

As Chairwoman of the Congressional Black Caucus Health Braintrust, I encourage women to take charge of their health through checkups, screenings, leading active lifestyles and taking care of their mental health. I’m also committed to promoting policy strategies to reduce women’s health disparities and support women in living healthier lives.”