WASHINGTON, Nov. 13, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Underscoring its commitment to supporting African-American caregivers and their families, The Black Women's Agenda, Inc.(BWA) announced today the release of "Conversations on Caregiving" – three, free videos that address some of the key issues associated with caring for loved ones. "Conversations is based on the insights and experiences of the discussion participants – the presidents and high-ranking officials of BWA's National Collaborating Organizations – as well as members of their respective organizations, and the videos provide information, resources, and sage advice to help African-Americans take better care of their loved ones and themselves.
Experts tell us that by 2020, the United States may need more caregivers than teachers,1" said Gwainevere Catchings Hess, President, The Black Women's Agenda, Inc. "Statistics show that ethnic minorities provide more care, use less formal services and report worse health than their white counterparts.2 Black caregivers are also more than twice as likely as whites to report that caregiving is a financial hardship. The presidents of our National Collaborating Organizations and their members are or have been caregivers, and they are out in the community supporting others who are providing care. By leveraging the insights and intelligence that lie within our organizations, BWA hopes to identify new and even more effective ways of assisting and empowering caregivers and their families.
"Conversations" grew out of the tremendous response BWA received to the caregiving forums it has hosted in cities across the U.S. over the past 18 months. The videos, which focus on the financial impact of family caregiving, as well as the legal and health issues associated with providing care, will enable BWA and its National Collaborating Organizations to provide information and support to thousands of family caregivers who cannot attend the forums.
Founded in 1977, The Black Women's Agenda, Inc. (BWA) is a non-profit 501(c) 3 organization that generates awareness and support for issues that secure, advance and protect the rights and well-being of Black women and their families. BWA is comprised of 21 collaborating women's organizations – sororities, civic, service, and faith-based – representing millions of women worldwide. BWA's National Collaborating Organizations include:
- Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated
- Auxiliary to the National Medical Association, Inc.
- Chi Eta Phi Sorority, Inc.
- Continental Societies, Inc.
- Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
- Iota Phi Lambda Sorority, Inc.
- Jack & Jill of America, Incorporated
- Lambda Kappa Mu Sorority, Inc.
- Mocha Moms, Inc.
- National Association of Colored Women's Clubs, Inc.
- National Association of Negro Business & Professional Women's Clubs, Inc.
- National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Inc.
- National Sorority of Phi Delta Kappa, Inc.
- Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc.
- The Girl Friends, Incorporated
- The Links, Incorporated
- Top Ladies of Distinction, Inc.
- Women's Home and Overseas Missionary Society, AME Zion Church
- Women's Missionary Council - CME Church
- Women's Missionary Society of the African Methodist Episcopal Church
- Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.
For further information on The Black Women's Agenda, please visit www.bwa-inc.org.
2 Dilworth-Anderson, P., Williams, I.C. and Gibson, B.E. (2002). "Issues of Race, Ethnicity and Culture in Caregiving Research: A 20-year Review (1980-2000). Gerontologist, 42(2), 237-272.
SOURCE The Black Women's Agenda, Inc.