Thirteen years ago on May 22, 2006, Lisa’s mother died at the age of 64 from congestive heart failure in a tiny dimly lit hospital room in Richmond, Virginia. Her mother’s death reflected a disturbing and persistent trend in communities across the United States – that black women die every day at alarming and disproportionate rate, and at far younger ages than their peers from largely preventable illnesses. This tragic and personal loss made Lisa notice that not a lot was being done to address this terrible trend — so she did something about it herself.
After years of advocacy and extremely hard work, Lisa is currently working to open the Black Women’s Health & Wellness Center in her community of Madison, Wisconsin. This space would allow the staff to provide crucial services such as year-round health promotion and education, support for new mothers and moms-to-be, mental health and wellness support, financial education, and more. Lisa’s vision is to create a safe, accessible space for black women to receive the level of care they deserve — and she’s well on her way to seeing this dream become a reality.