Her Story: The Philadelphia Black Womens Health Project

Produced by: 
Philadelphia Black Women's Health Project

Individual Film Price:

Higher Education Institutions & Government Agency DVD | $49.95
K-12 & Public Libraries DVD | $49.95
Home Video DVD License – Restrictions Apply | $5.95



Community Visions Compilation Price:

This video is available for purchase as part of a Community Visions Vol. 2 compilation DVD.

Higher Education Institutions & Government Agency DVD | $139.00
K-12 & Public Libraries DVD | $79.00
Home Video DVD License – Restrictions Apply | $20.00



Scribe Video Center Program:

The Community Visions program teaches documentary video-making skills to members of community organizations in Philadelphia, Chester and Camden (NJ). A powerful way to document community concerns, celebrate cultural diversity, and comment on the human condition, Community Visions is a part of Scribe’s mission to explore, develop and advance the use of video, film, audio and interactive technology as artistic tools and as tools for progressive social change.


Project Facilitator: Nadine Patterson


Film Summary:

What's the skinny on black women's health? More than two-thirds of black women are overweight or obese, increasing their risk of 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.



February 5, 1993 | "Premiere of New Community Programs," Scoop U.S.A


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)


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