The National Library of Medicine (NLM), one of the institutes of the National Institutes of Health, is the world’s largest medical library. NLM maintains and makes available a vast print collection and produces electronic information resources on a wide variety of topics. The Black Women’s Agenda, Inc. (BWA) and the National Library of Medicine are partnering to share valuable information about NLM’s resources with African-American women and their families.

Do you questions about a particular medical condition? Medline Plus,, is NLM’s consumer health information website, containing information on over a million topics on conditions, diseases and wellness, health videos, health check tools, drug information, patient handouts, lab test information, directories and other resources. Are you concerned about the impact of hazardous substances on your community? Hazardous Substance Data Bank (HSDB),, is a data file that focuses on the toxicology of potentially dangerous chemicals. It contains information on human exposure, industrial hygiene, emergency handling procedures, environmental fate, regulatory requirements, and related areas.

We hope you will think about the NLM’s resources when you have questions about health issues. Students interested in STEM-related career will also find additional information and inspiration exploring these websites.

Each month BWA will highlight one or more NLM websites and the wealth of data that they offer you and your family. You can look for this information on the “Living Your Best Life at Every Age” and “Inform & Inspire” pages of our website. The Black Women’s Agenda hopes that you will use this information in conversations with your physician and to make informed life choices and decisions.



To be valued and loved. To know who you are and that you have the power to make a
difference. These are the aspirations that most mothers have their children. In 1938, in the midst
of the Great Depression, twenty African-American mothers in Philadelphia came together not to
hope or to dream, but to provide the opportunities, experiences, and life lessons that would
enable their children and others to live these truths. Their group became Jack and Jill of
America, Inc. – an organization that’s mission is as relevant today as it was some 80 years ago.


This year, as our hearts fill with pride while we celebrate Black History Month, let us also remember to focus on our heart health. And not just on Valentines Day – the entire month of February is American Heart Month.

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for men and women in the United States and certain minority groups face a greater risk than others. Deaths from heart disease are higher in Black Americans than in White Americans and other ethnic groups, and heart disease develops at a younger age in African Americans.

But, heart disease can often be prevented when people know their risks, make healthy choices and manage their medical conditions. So this month, learn the signs and symptoms and the steps you can take to make a difference in your life and the lives of your loved ones at

Black Women Focus on Aging Mastery

The Black Women’s Agenda recently hosted a summit themed, “I Am the Change: Living Your Best Life at Every Age,” at Morgan State University in Baltimore, MD. Sponsored by AARP and featuring leading experts in the fields of health, education, and economic security, the event focused on the importance of health and wellness in the aging process.

“Too often black women are focused on everyone and everything except themselves,” said panel moderator Dr. Rockeymoore Cummings. “Our concern for and work on behalf of our families and communities competes with our ability to implement self-care strategies that support our physical, emotional, spiritual, and socioeconomic wellbeing.”

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