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NBWHP and other organizations that have followed opened new doors to access and culturally competent research that helped to shape national policy on the health of black women and other women of color.
For the most part, Well participants are drawn from members of the Southern California Chapter of the NBWHP, residents of the housing complex, women from the immediate neighborhood who walk to The Well, and women who come to The Well for a specific service or activity and then learn about other Well-sponsored programs and events.
Important supporting organizations include several funders, universities, the landlord of the housing project, the Southern California Chapter of the NBWHP, and the NBWHP.
Similarly, the Southern California Chapter of the NBWHP is integrally involved in Well activities.
NBWHP members and program participants are regularly involved in the decision-making process and planning regarding Well programs and community-based collaborations.
Perceived and actual lack of anonymity or privacy for some housing residents and chapter members of the NBWHP became an obvious issue when sister circles were formed.
During the period of subject recruitment for our study, the staff of the NBWHP referred to the LHWs eligible women who were participating in the activities of the organization.
Because of this limited success in recruiting from the WEMC patient population, we adopted the second strategy described previously: contacting women in public housing projects, business establishments, and churches, and through the NBWHP. Many of the unsuccessful contacts, particularly in business establishments, were very brief.
Following the lead of women-of-color groups like the NBWHP and the Women of Color Partnership Program, the focus has shifted to access.
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