Nursing Students Volunteer at Black Women's Health Coalition

March 10, 2022

Three Grand View senior Nursing students took part in a community outreach clinic, titled Black Women 4 Health. They took vital signs, blood sugars, and health histories on all of the participants in the clinic. 

Black Women 4 Healthy Living is a Christ centered wellness movement for Black women in the Greater Des Moines area. Their focus is God, wellness, community, and justice. They work to see Black women well in mind, healthy in body, and strong in spirit. 

Angela Mickens-Bolden, a 2016 Grand View graduate, sits on the Black Women’s Health Coalition board as a nurse leader and actively works to advocate for minorities that face these health disparities on a daily basis. She will spearhead the nonprofit's next venture: teaching Black women to advocate for themselves in the healthcare. 

The nonprofit plans to host a free health event once a month, on each third Saturday, focusing on health concerns that disproportionally affect Black women. "This will give Black women encouragement to advocate for themselves and empower them to be consistent with their health," Mickens-Bolden said. "A safe place for them to come in, relax, get their own care taken care of so they'll be able to take care of others."

The Des Moines Register recently reported on this important coalition and the impact our students are making in our community. Read the article.