Flow It Who? Flow It Where? Flow It Forward!
We are investing in more black and brown doctors!
Just a little editor’s note before I get into this newsletter. Back in March, I took a hiatus from writing because I was at a crossroads on what to put in the newsletters since some of my readers were paying for subscriptions and access to the archives. It upped the anty when it came to what resources I wanted to drop in each post and I was left feeling a little pressured and uninspired.
What I really wanted this to be was an authentic personal blog where I could share my purest life happenings, but the subscription model threw me off course. I’ve since paused subscriptions, and instead have opted to sprinkle sponsored newsletters in the fold every few months instead. This is one of them and I am honored to be a part of this campaign. To show your support and say “Hey girl I saw this but you better give me a bomb-ass post after this!”, feel free to drop a heart (like) on this post, click on a few links :) and share with some HBCU students pursuing careers in healthcare!
If you’ve been following my journey over the last few months, you probably have noticed that I am transitioning into the menstrual wellness space. It’s very important for me to help empower women to be the CEO of their menstrual and reproductive health as well as develop healthier relationships with their menstrual cycles.
That’s why, I am super excited to announce that I have partnered with Tampax to help promote their new Flow It Forward Scholarship Program – and it is truly a gamechanger.
The Flow it Forward Scholarship Program is an extension of the Flow it Forward Project that works to end misinformation and stigmas surrounding health and period care and promotes equal representation in the healthcare industry and access to medical resources.
One of the huge concerns I noticed that black women have are the racial disparities in health care, and not feeling like their concerns are being taken seriously when they go to the doctor. Tampax acknowledges that a large component of combating disparities in healthcare involves investing in resources and education to increase the number of Black women physicians and healthcare workers.
This scholarship program provides $200,000 a year for the next 4 years in tuition assistance for Black women pursuing healthcare careers at HBCUs within UNCF’s network.
There are other amazing parts of the larger Flow It Forward project too. Tampax partnered with Black Women’s Health Imperative to donate 100,000 Tampax tampons and committed to amplifying period education programs for Black women and girls. The brand is also working with Girlology Period Education Program to provide reproductive health and period education to underserved communities.
After connecting with the Tampax team, they provided me with some surprising facts.
How many of you knew that Black women account for less than 3% of U.S. doctors, but Black people make up 13% of the U.S. population?
These numbers are not adding up. This unsettles me knowing how much-untapped potential is in our community. However, I believe that with proper resources and support, we can propel future generations.
Prior to giving Tampax my praise, I had to do my own due diligence on the period care brand. I wanted to know how Tampax had supported our community in the past. I was thrilled when I learned about their previous work with HBCUs. In 2019, Tampax launched the #LiveRadiant campaign that focused on providing resources and period education to Black women at HBCUs around the country. For two consecutive years before that, Tampax visited HBCU homecomings to provide educational and interactive experiences, as well as access to experts and product samples.
Tampax has worked hard to end stigmas around period health and tampon use to ensure women and every person who experiences periods feel empowered, confident, and beautiful in their bodies. It’s refreshing to see a brand, like Tampax, being so committed to this important work!
To support this cause, please feel free to like, comment or share to social media. Also, if you know of any college juniors or seniors currently pursuing careers in healthcare, please pass this along.
Visit Tampax’s Flow It Forward to apply!