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Byllye Avery

Health Care Activist and Founder of The Black Women's Health Imperative

A dreamer, visionary, and grassroots realist, Byllye Avery combines activism and social responsibility by developing a national forum for the exploration of health issues of African-American women. By gathering and documenting African-American women’s health experiences she is providing a supportive atmosphere for African-American women. Prior to her entry into the health care arena, Ms. Avery taught…

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A dreamer, visionary, and grassroots realist, Byllye Avery combines activism and social responsibility by developing a national forum for the exploration of health issues of African-American women. By gathering and documenting African-American women’s health experiences she is providing a supportive atmosphere for African-American women.

Prior to her entry into the health care arena, Ms. Avery taught special education to emotionally disturbed students and consulted on learning disabilities in public schools and universities throughout the southeastern United States.

Byllye Avery has dedicated the last 30 years to inspiring women with her experiences, wisdom, and spirit. Winner of the prestigious MacArthur Foundation Genius award, she has been honored throughout her career, including Lifetime Television’s Trailblazer Award, Essence magazine’s Award for Community Service and the President’s Citation of the American Public Health Association.

She is an advisor to the National Institutes of Health, was a visiting fellow at the Harvard School of Public Health and is a former faculty member at Columbia’s Mailman School of Public Health.

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