Monthly E-Newsletter March 2013

Book Corner


This month we are highlighting several books. The first is The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot. Ms. Lacks’ life has touched millions of people and continues to change science and how we live today. Watch a short clip about her life and the book here.


Born in 1910, Pauli Murray was an activist, scholar, educator, feminist, poet, same-gender-loving woman and in 1977 she was the first African American woman to be ordained an Episcopal priest.  Her work and legacy continue to have a significant impact today – particularly in Durham, NC. Learn more about this wonderful woman at the Pauli Murray Project. Read about her amazing life, which included a lifelong friendship with Eleanor Roosevelt, in her book Proud Shoes.


Standing on My Sisters’ Shoulders is a documentary made in 2004 about Mississippi women who risked their lives in the fight for Civil Rights.  Unita Blackwell, Flonzie Brown-Wright and Mae Bertha Carter are three women featured. You can learn more here.  The documentary inspired a book by Joan Sadoff called Pieces from the Past: Voices of Heroic Women in Civil Rights.


Artelia, Portrait of an American Matriarch by Joyce Marsh Perry Edwards is a book about an African American woman born in Durham, NC who married early, had 16 children, completed college at the age of 51 and became a leader in her church and community. While most people may not have heard about this book it offers a great view into the life of an amazing woman. Like the Lawrence and Artelia Perry Scholarship Fund on Facebook to learn more. Order the book here.  


Potential New Partners


Black Women’s Health Imperative, founded by Byllye Y. Avery in 1983, works at the national and local levels to bring the perspectives of African American women to health policy debates. They also partner with organizations to develop community-based strategies to reach out and affect change individually, locally, regionally and nationally. Learn more about the great work of this organization at


The National Coalition of 100 Black Women was founded by Edna Beach and 23 other women in New York City in 1970 to address the root causes of issues that affected their families, communities and themselves. Their mission today is to advocate on behalf of women of color through national and local actions and strategic alliances that promote the NCBW agenda on leadership development and gender equity in the areas of health, education and economic development. Learn more at


It's (almost) Springtime!


With March finally here, those of us in the South are looking forward to Dogwood blossoms, more hours of sunshine and March Madness basketball! Partners in our region have kept active over the winter participating in the Collaborative Improvement and Innovation Network (COIIN) to Reduce Infant Mortality through HRSA’s Maternal and Child Health Bureau (click here to learn more). Louisiana and Kentucky were recently selected by the National Governor’s Association to participate in a Learning Network on Improving Birth Outcomes. The NGA will work with these states and two others to develop and coordinate policies to reduce the rate of preterm births. We look forward to following their progress.


Our pilot projects continue to move forward with many activities underway. This month we are highlighting the CHOICES project in Tennessee. Finally, we want to be sure to remember Black History month. We may be a bit late but there are so many amazing African American women that we could celebrate Black History month all year…maybe we will!


Show Your Love


The Show Your Love preconception health campaign launched on Valentine’s Day and it is off to a roaring start. Every Woman Southeast is supporting the campaign in this first phase and we have been using our social media channels to help to spread the core messages. We’ve been busy posting, tweeting, and pinning to support SYL and we’ve had a great response from our fans and followers. Participating in the campaign has helped us to broaden our reach across the region. 


EWSE has enjoyed some great jumps in fan engagement since the SYL campaign launched. We have had more shares, retweets, and repins than we have seen to date. We even had a Facebook post go viral, reaching 1,372 people and counting! This is a nice indicator that the campaign is off to a good start and it is also shows that our internal goal of using the SYL campaign as an opportunity to re-energize and grow our social media presence and raise awareness of the Every Woman Southeast brand is off to a good start too. As we continue to grow our social media presence, we hope to use it as an opportunity to showcase the wonderful work coming out of the southeast. You can help by sending us upcoming events and innovative programs and work happening in your state.


Have you checked out the Show Your Love materials yet? There is so much to choose from! Want to be a part of the campaign? Show some love to the women in your life and send an e-card.



Pilot Project Spotlight: CHOICES


CHOICES is an independent, nonprofit clinic located in Memphis, Tennessee that is trying to completely transform the way reproductive health care is perceived and provided in their community. CHOICES’ commitment to patient-centered practice is one of its distinguishing characteristics. Their EWSE grant will help them integrate reproductive life planning (RLP) into their services. They will also share information about RLP with their many community partners. With support from the grant they will provide at least 2000 women who have already experienced at least one unintended and unwanted pregnancy with the opportunity to engage in patient education focused on developing a reproductive life plan, including facilitated referrals and appropriate follow up to support them in implementing their plan.
learn more about CHOICES, please visit:


Here are CHOICES favorite RLP tools:

Leadership blog


For March we’re featuring Assistant Director, Jennifer Pepper of Memphis Choices. Read her interview here.

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