Black Women’s Health Imperative launches “The Men’s Room” program to improve the health and well-being of black men and reduce the incidence of diabetes

WASHINGTON, April 27, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Today, Black Women’s Health Imperative announced the launch of “The Men’s Room,” a lifestyle change program aimed at improving the health and well-being of Black men and reducing their risk to develop diabetes and other chronic diseases.

“As black women, we often feel helpless as we watch the black men in our lives struggle with debilitating, yet preventable, chronic illnesses,” she said. Linda Goler Blountpresident and CEO of Black Women’s Health Imperative, as she prepared to speak during a panel on young men’s health at the OMBI NFL Draft Luncheon in Vegas. “That’s precisely why we at Black Women’s Health Imperative have designed this program. By supporting black men, we can support black women who love and care for them.”

Black Americans are twice as likely to develop type 2 diabetes as white Americans. Almost 14% of black men, in particular, suffer from the disease, compared to 9% of their white counterparts.

Yet black men are also less likely to participate in diabetes prevention or self-management programs.

The Black Women’s Health Imperative hopes to change that with “The Men’s Room,” a CDC-sponsored nationwide diabetes prevention program. Using a program developed by black men, for black men, the program will feature trained black male lifestyle coaches who will help participants make practical lifestyle changes to get and stay healthy for life.

“For nearly a decade, the Black Women’s Health Imperative has been one of the CDC’s most successful partners in diabetes prevention,” said William Rowe, Senior Program Manager for The Men’s Room. “We are excited to put our expertise to work for black men.”

For more information on how to participate or collaborate with BWHI and our partner, Urban Health Resource, which operates this program, contact us at [email protected].

About the Black Women’s Health Imperative:
Originally established as the National Black Women’s Health Project in 1983, Black Women’s Health Imperative is the first and only national nonprofit organization created for and by Black women dedicated to improving the health and well-being of the 22 million black women and girls in our country – – physically, emotionally and financially. Our core mission is to advance health equity and social justice for Black women, across the lifespan, through policy, advocacy, education, research and leadership development. . For more information, please visit

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