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Endorsements by Major Health Equity Thought Leaders

As we like to say at the Satcher Health Leadership Institute, many Black women have risen to positions of leadership because they cared enough, they knew enough, they had the courage to do enough, and they persevered until the job was done.  

To those Black women, we owe a sincere debt of gratitude.

David Satcher, MD, MPH, PhD 

Four-Star Admiral for the U.S. Public Health Service |16th U.S. Surgeon General


A remarkable journey that transports us from the consequential realities of health disparities to the optimism of seeking and finding healing health-- collectively and individually. Black women who read this book will find themselves powerfully represented within.  The beauty of this narrative is its potential to inspire, captivate and motivate all. 

Joan Reede, MD, MPH, MBA

Professor and Dean for Diversity & Community Partnership, Harvard University

“Black Women and Resilience: Power, Perseverance and Public Heath” is a powerful exposé on the health and wellbeing of Black women by Black women scholars. It is a solid contribution to the field of women’s health and important reading for all interested in understanding and improving the health status of Black women.  

Georges Benjamin, MD

Executive Director, American Public Health Association


Black women are the wellspring of grace and excellence which defines our culture. We empower others to strive for optimal levels of health, pursue education, seek justice, and drive progress as thoughtful leaders.  This book delineates diverse experiences of Black women while in parallel describes a nexus of contextualized wisdom 

which should not be overlooked.

Joycelyn Elders, MD

15th U.S. Surgeon General

“Black Women and Resilience: Power, Perseverance, and Public Health” provides a glimpse of the magnetic richness of Black women striving for ideal health. I applaud Drs. Holden and Jones for delineating an examination of complex systemic issues, demarcating some of the contributors to political determinants of health, and identifying approaches to help  strengthen community health. 

Daniel Dawes, JD

Senior Vice President, Global Health and Executive Director,

Institute of Global Health Equity, Meharry Medical College

This exceptional book is a rich compilation of thought leadership that offers the reader intersectional angles about Black women in the pursuit of optimal health and wellness. It weaves together a tapestry of cultural experiences that engender resilience and addresses significant issues that are relevant to public health within diverse communities.  

Beverly Daniel Tatum, PhD

President Emerita, Spelman College


Praise is warranted for this amazing volume of narrative which chronicles the multifaceted intricacies of Black women’s health. It is imperative that diverse leaders in our nation prioritize use of a life-span developmental approach to understanding aspects of women’s health. Support of efforts for innovative interventions and prevention strategies are essential for improving population health. 

Vivian Pinn, MD

Senior Scientist Emerita, Fogarty International Center | Founder and Inaugural  Director, Office of Research on Women’s Health, National Institutes of Health 

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