On behalf of The Kujima* Collective Steering Committee, I would like to cordially invite you to join an innovative coalition created to bring awareness and action to issues impacting the health of Black women.
WHO do we need?
Females. Males. They. LGBT. Black. White. Hispanic. Asian. Native American. ANYONE who is ready to take a bold stand with us. If this sounds like you, please click here.
WHAT is the project?
The creation of the Kujima Report: An A-Z Look at Health Disparities Impacting Black Women. Click here to see a sample.
WHEN and WHERE do we meet?
The Kujima Collective meets on the first Friday of every month* from 9:30am - 10:45am. Our monthly meetings are held at the Kansas Health Institute located at 212 Sw 8th Street. To see the list of dates, click here.
WHY is this important?
On Sunday, January 7, 2018, The Topeka Capital Journal released an article written by Morgan Chilson. Several points within Ms. Chilson's article speaks to the concrete reasons of "WHY" the Kujima Report is necessary:
When [Dr. St. Peter] and (Gianfranco) Pezzino were asked what has surprised them the most about factors affecting health, they both said race.
"No matter how you slice it, African-Americans and Native Americans in this country come last in any kind of health indicator you want to measure."
"After you adjust for poverty, education and everything else, they still come last on everything from access to healthy behaviors to screenings to early mortality."
"I think that a very important message is that improving the health of our community isn't just the responsibility of the hospital and the doctors," St. Peter said. "It's really the entire community has to be engaged."
Chris "The Health Hippie" Omni and the Kujima Collective Steering Committee.
*Kujima is a creative fusion of two Kwanzaa Principles. Kuji, derived from Kujichagulia, means Self Determination. Ujima means Collective Work and Responsibility. Together, it is the collective work and responsibility of Kujima Health to improve the health and wellbeing of Black women.