219430 A Women's Journey to Wholeness

Monday, November 8, 2010

Bettye Muwwakkil, PhD , Access to Wholistic and Productive Living Institute, Inc, Largo
Women are in need of moral support resulting in balance and inner peace. The state of women's health/well-being is at a crucial point. Health disparities (psychological, emotional) are claiming the life of millions of women rapidly. Heart disease is the leading cause of death for females in the U.S., and an estimated 79,560 will die along from lung cancer, which kills more women than any other cancer to include breast. Stress induced chronic conditions such as; high blood pressure, substance abuse, obesity, smoking, diabetes, asthma are robbing women daily of the right to live healthy. Jacobs Institute of Women's Health reported that women of color will constitute almost half of all American women by 2050, yet they suffer disproportionately from disease. Our goal is to raise women awareness to holistic living practicing spiritual principals. Women's Journey to Wholeness an African American women's support circle- nineteen years in existence, headquartered in Washington D.C. metropolitan area, services 100 women annually, ages 25-65. Empowering wealth/wellness sessions, expressive arts, inspiring messages are serviced by qualified holistic practitioners. Intake forms are distributed and assessed, individual coaching is offered. Data collected encompasses socio-economic and behavioral factors addressing needs/goals of participants. Presentation describes benefits to participating in women's support circles, driven by spiritual principals aiming to prevent/reduce and/or eliminate health/emotional disparities to improve/maintain quality life. Women's Journey to Wholeness support circle maybe helpful for the following: advocates promoting health/wellness; higher spiritual awareness; research related to practicing spiritual principals to decrease recidivism, maintain recovery and violence prevention.

Learning Areas:
Administer health education strategies, interventions and programs
Advocacy for health and health education

Learning Objectives:
1. Demonstrate the importance of a women’s support network targeting African American women of all ages that are at high risk for unhealthy behaviors such as violence, health disparities (HIV/AIDS), chronic illnesses, depression, anxieties, homelessness, incarceration and seeking inspirational balancing. 2. Identifies from a holistic perspective tools that are brought into play and skills enhanced that aim to motivate women into vision/goal driven healthier lifestyles that results in an empowering life plan .

Keywords: Alternative Medicine/Therapies, Women's Quality Care

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am a Health Educator with over 30 years of experience working with underserved women.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.