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The Philadelphia Black Women??? ? s Health Project (PBWHP) is a private, nonprofit, community-based organization that has been defining, promoting and maintaining the physical, mental, social and spiritual well being of African American women and their families in Philadelphia since 1983. PBWHP was established by African American women from Philadelphia who attended a historic national conference on women??? ? s health held in the early 1980s. PBWHP is known by residents, service providers, community groups and clergy for its health promotion activities for African American women and teens in Philadelphia.
PBWHP has a number of programs that address health issues that significantly impact the African American community. Our Sisters Talking About Reality (STAR) program for teenage girls between the ages of 12 and 17, promotes the healthy development of African-American and Latino teenage girls living in low income communities in North Philadelphia. PBWHP also conducts community education programs focusing on reducing the rate of infant mortality in North Central Philadelphia, through Supporting Our Sisters (SOS), a Title V program. SOS provides referrals and other support services to pregnant women and teens and also to parents and other caregivers of children up to two years old. Our breast health and breast cancer advocacy program, Sisters In Touch, provides breast health awareness and advocacy to over 3,000 women between the ages of 14-82. SisterReach is our HIV/AIDS program that conducts workshops and training on HIV/AIDS prevention and provides treatment advocacy to HIV positive women.
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