In 2013, 40 years after the passage of Roe v Wade, women both young and old, African American and Black still need to be vigilant on maintaining our basic human rights with seeking reproductive justice. It is not to be taken for granted.
African American & Black women traditionally have not enjoyed equal access to health care nor to reproductive health care and services. Our communities do not have a plethora of health centers, clinics and hospitals. Sadly the community clinics located in urban areas are overburdened, one clinic in Los Angeles, we know the patient provider ratio is 2000 to 1. Maternal death for Black women is 5 x times more than Asian/Latina/White women. Health disparity for Black women is a growing issue, and removing options such as abortion will have a negative impact on our communities.
Janette has been serving her community as a public health professional for over 30 years. She has attended the University of Southern California where she received her Bachelor's Degree in Psychology. She is a community professional at Charles Drew University, where she teaches public health professionals, doctors, and nurses about reproductive justice and the impact of health policies on minority groups. Janette is also a member of the African American Studies Community Advisory Committee at UCLA.
Early in her career, she worked as a peer educator informing women in Los Angeles targeting HIV education and outreach to Black women. Janette is involved in the Women's Health Collaborative, California Pan Ethnic Health Network, the African American Task Force and the Leadership Development in Interethnic Relationships Advisory Council.
Janette completed the Annenberg Foundation Leadership Seminar - Alchemy 2012 - Class 6.
Black Women for Wellness is honored and delighted that our Executive Director Jan Robinson Flint was chosen as a leader to watch. Check out the video with Jan and the one below with the other leaders esteem and inspirational leaders.
My post today on facebook gave me pause to think while Susan Rice has problems with her record, i was delighted President Obama defended her, as African American women are rarely defended in public offices...today Lisa Jackson stepped down as head of the Environmental Protection Agency, i hope this does not signal a mass exodus of African American women from governmental offices and i truly hope we hold dear the Black women who have stepped up, spoken out and put something on the line in defense of justice, our communities and our future Sometimes it is hard being the Executive Director, or Chief Executive Officer of an organization, as an Black woman with that title it can be difficult, lonely and frustrating.
And it also can be empowering, it can offer a true sense of satisfaction that you are changing the world to be a better place for the people you serve. Being in charge is being responsible and accountable, it is having the ability to create change, it is being a catalyst for movement and it is being an inspiration and model for leaders coming. In Los Angeles there are a few Black women holding this position and though we might not meet (consistently and on purpose) though we might not agree on many or most issues, it is comforting to know there are sisters at the helms who are moving us toward better days ahead...
Today, December 27, 2012, as we celebrate kujichagulia (self determination) this 2nd day of Kwanzaa, I am grateful for:
and all the hell raising, trouble making, path blazing Sisters in Control...may they live long in good health and may you help them prosper by giving...we are all working with non profit organizations and will sincerely appreciate the support, love and money we need to keep speaking truth to power and making the world a better place...
Janette Robinson Flint
The Family Planning Champion Award is an honor California Family Health Council, Inc. bestows to individuals who have exemplified performance and outstanding service in improving the quality and accessibility of healthcare services to women in California. At this year’s Title X Business Meeting, held March 2, 2011 in Los Angeles, CFHC recognized three reproductive health experts that have offered remarkable contributions to the field.
The 2011 Family Planning Champions:
"Jan Robinson Flint is a founding member and currently serves as the Executive Director for Black Women for Wellness in Los Angeles. Jan is recognized for her commitment to Black women’s and girls’ health issues and for her skill at collaborating across cultures and communities to champion common issues. She builds consensus by engaging peoples’ heads and hearts before moving forward to tackle the issue at hand.
Jan participates in a number of local, statewide and national coalitions and partnerships including: Merger Watch, an advocacy and monitoring group working towards ensuring continuation of women’s health care services as religious hospitals take over secular ones; the Reproductive Justice Coalition of Los Angeles; and, the Leadership Development in Interethnic Relationships which brings together social justice and health advocates."