The health injustices faced by African American women continues to persists at an all-time high. The everyday circumstances and living conditions for African American women has taken a toil on health outcomes for centuries. Policymakers, health systems leaders, and community members have intensified strategies to address underline social and racial discrimination, but the color of an individual’s skin and gender remains to be an everlasting influence in healthcare.
The Color of Culture, Active Self - Care, Resilience, and Education (C.A.R.E.) is a 5-year community-based intervention that encourages African American women ages 15-45 to actively engage in self -care, consisting of mindfulness and meditation, social support, community building activities, expressive arts, and health education.
Optimal health is contingent on many factors outside of the health system including but not limited to access to healthy foods, education, housing, safety, income, healthy relationships and friendships, gender, racism, economic stability, and stress. All of these are critical factors that directly impact quality of life. With the help of so many, The Color of C.A.R.E. was created with all these things in mind. It is designed to give women in the community a voice, a safe space to share their stories, support one another, become aware and promote health education, and more importantly love on themselves. The Color of C.A.R.E. addresses the root causes of health issues in our community and teaches individuals to unapologetically embrace their culture.