Wellness Wishers: Black Women Helping Us Live Healthier Lives

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  • K. Michelle
  • Marvelyn Brown
  • Dr. Regina Benjamin
  • Harriet Washington
  • Dr. Dorothy Lavinia Brown
  • Henrietta Lacks
  • Hilary Beard
  • Jeanette Jenkins
  • We Can Do It!
  • First Lady Michelle Obama
  • Jocelyn Elders
  • Alicia Keys
  • Mary Eliza Mahoney
  • Dr. Rachael Ross
  • Myra Adele Logan
  • Michelle Williams
  • Mamie Phipps Clark
  • Nicole Ari Parker
  • Dr. Michelle Gourdine
  • Rebecca Lee Crumpler

Dr. Regina Benjamin 

A trailblazer, this former U.S. Surgeon General was appointed in 2009 by President Obama. Dr. Benjamin was the force behind the first National Prevention Strategy, believing that social determinants played a major role in our health outcome. She also spoke out about the need for Black women to care more about health than their hair. 

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