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Supporting Our Sisters: Transforming Uterine Fibroid Awareness into Action

March 23 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm EDT

The Congressional Caucus on Black Women and Girls hosted a virtual event raising awareness of the astounding impact of uterine fibroids on the health of women. Congresswoman Yvette Clarke (D-NY) led a conversation with fibroid researchers, clinicians, and patient advocates on the challenges experienced by women living with this disease and the barriers to accessing to quality care and treatment.

The event also highlighted the importance of the Stephanie Tubbs Jones Uterine Fibroid Research and Education Act of 2021, which would improve funding for research and increase education about uterine fibroids. The bill was first introduced by its current namesake, the late Rep. Stephanie Tubbs Jones (D-Ohio), in the House of Representatives in 2001. Clarke and then-Senator (now Vice President) Kamala Harris reintroduced the legislation last year. This bill is supported by the Black Women’s Health Imperative, the Society for Women’s Health Research, the Fibroid Foundation, and the White Dress Project.

Speakers

  • Congresswoman Yvette Clarke (D-NY)
  • Cynthia Bailey-Hill, TV personality, Real Housewives of Atlanta
  • Tambra Cherie, TV personality, Belle Collective
  • Rachel Villanueva, President-Elect, National Medical Association
  • Sateria Venable, Founder, Fibroid Foundation
  • Tanika Gray Valbrun, White Dress Project
  • Erica Marsh, S. Jan Behrman Collegiate Professor of Reproductive Medicine, University of Michigan Medical School
  • Jessica Shepherd, Obstetrician/Gynecologist and Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgeon, Baylor University Medical Center

Organizers

SWHR
Black Women’s Health Imperative
White Dress Project
Fibroid Foundation