EP23: New Program — Emerging work at The Center
Uterine fibroids are noncancerous growths found in the uterus; Black women make up a quarter of all diagnoses in the United States. Yet there are few groups and advocates to speak on it until now.
The Center for Black Health & Equity is expanding — with more grants comes more exciting work and opportunities! In this episode, Aidil and Ritney introduce The Center’s newest program manager Shayla Compton.
Shayla says her personal struggle with fibroids and that of her loved ones motivated her to spread awareness about the issue. While the exact cause of the fibroids is unknown, the growths are often linked to higher levels of stress and estrogen. Most people with a uterus menstruate and could be experiencing the pain or symptoms associated with fibroids. When some people finally get medical help for it, hysterectomies are often offered as a first treatment option.
To elevate the conversation, Shayla wants to discuss the medical mistrust and the overrepresentation of Black women with hysterectomies. Sexual health and reproductive health are important; this medical problem aligns with the overall chronic conditions that The Center is trying to prevent within the Black community.
The Center will be hosting Sip and Share sessions in October to openly discuss uterine fibroids on a virtual platform. The sessions will include well-informed guests speakers and resources for the people who may need it. Below are additional links and resources you can use to talk about uterine fibroids.