Her Story: The Philadelphia Black Womens Health Project

Produced by: 
Philadelphia Black Women's Health Project & Scribe Video Center
12 min

What's the skinny on black women's health? More than two-thirds of black women are overweight or obese, increasing their risk for heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and some cancers. Black women also have a much higher chance of dying from heart disease, high blood pressure, and cancer than white women. Through its clever mixture of dramatic segments and interviews with women from the Project, Herstory: The Philadelphia Black Women's Health Project successfully ignites discussion about health issues of particular concern for black women including: breast cancer, pre-natal care, stress and cardiovascular disease.

The Philadelphia Black Women's Health Project (PBWHP) was established by African American women from Philadelphia who attended a historic national conference on women's health held in the early 1980s. PBWHP was known by residents, service providers, community groups and clergy for its health promotion activities for African American women and teens in Philadelphia. Unfortunately, the organization became defunct in 2004, but the national umbrella organization, recently renamed the Black Women's Health Imperative, still offers considerable resources in Philadelphia.

Philadelphia-based independent producer Nadine Patterson has been making independent film/video for the past twenty years. She has produced and directed programs for the School District of Philadelphia's cable station, and WYBE Public Television. She earned her MA in Filmmaking at the London Film School. Previous work includes Shizue, a Scribe Video production that was screened at the Museum of Modern Art, NY; and Moving with the Dreaming, winner of a Prized Pieces Award from the National Black Programming Consortium. A recipient of a Media Arts Fellowship from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, her award-winning work has often been broadcast on public television.


February 5, 1993, "Premiere of New Community Programs," Scoop U.S.A (Philadelphia, PA newspaper)

Public Screenings, Broadcasts and Festivals: 

February 10, 1993 - Part of Community Visions premiere at Neighborhood Film Video Project at International House (Philadelphia, PA)

Summer 1997 - Part of Street Movies screening series (Philadelphia, PA)

August 15 & 23, 1999 - Part of Street Movies screenings at Malcolm X Park & Winchester Community Center (Philadelphia, PA)