Healthy Black Families, Inc. Welcomes New Executive Director

Healthy Black Families, Inc. Welcomes New Executive Director
Before stepping in to her role as the Executive Director Healthy Black Families, Inc., Rahwa Neguse served as Board Member of the organization for nearly 2 years. During her time as a Board member, Rahwa spearheaded a fundraising campaign which exceeding fundraising goals and led the first fundraising event. Rahwa brings to the organization nearly 15 years of experience as a leader in both the public and nonprofit sector with demonstrated experience in the areas of organization management, strategic planning, community engagement, youth development, and quantitative and qualitative research.

Rahwa holds a Master’s degree in Public Administration with a certification in Nonprofit Leadership and Management from the University of Texas, San Antonio and a Master’s degree in Global Health Sciences from the University of California, San Francisco. She has also received extensive training in Results Based Accountability, Group Facilitation, and Leadership Development.

Rahwa is known for connecting people with opportunities and valuable resources. Many of her friends and colleagues value her natural ability to connect goals with strategy that lead to desired results. She has a passion and purpose for encouraging hearts and empowering minds. In 2011, she created the Living With Purpose to empower others to lead health and balanced lives.

The Value of Telling Our Stories

The Value of “Telling Our Stories”
Healthy Black Families, Inc. is pleased to announce the publication of our first book entitled: What We Carry: Stories Black Women Never Tell.

African American women endure higher rates of health inequities than white, Latina or Asian American women. What We Carry: Stories Black Women Never Tell documents Black women’s experiences with racism and publicly validates the long-term health impact of toxic stress by supporting eight (8) women from Sisters Together Empowering Peers (STEP), a program of Healthy Black Families, Inc., to reflect on their personal stories of pregnancy, childbirth and child rearing, poor quality care, racism in health settings, miscarriage, infant mortality, violence, homelessness, and incarceration. This book is a collection of stories and lessons learned from their journeys to overcome life stressors.

HBF Staff and participants gathered in celebration the publication of the first book from Healthy Black Families, Inc. at our Book Release Party and Cultural Event on International Women’s Day (March 8, 2018) at The Rec Room (3222 Adeline Street) in South Berkeley.

Lead in the Water: A Public Health Emergency

“Access to clean water is not a privilege. It is a human right. Yet marginalized areas, such as Flint, are having their basic human rights stripped away. This water crisis is no accident, because for people in power, it is easy to abuse those who do not have the resources to protect themselves.” Jackie Boyd, Board member, Healthy Black Families, Inc.
Healthy Black Families, Inc. recognizes that lead in the water is a public health emergency. At Healthy Black Families, Inc. we aim to identify and address health disparities that have a disproportionate impact on black families and black communities. We urge you to be aware of the impact that lead has on the human body, namely children and young adults. If you or anyone you know has been impacted by lead in drinking water or lead exposure at all, please contact contacting the Berkeley Public Health Division
In addition, join the petition campaign led by to advocate for change as it relates to lead in drinking water. No one should be forced to drink water full of toxic substances. We declare lead in water to be a public health emergency.
To read the full op-ed article written by HBF Board member, Jackie Boyd, please click here: