A note from the BWHS team:

During these difficult and painful times in our country, it is our hope that you and your families are healthy and able to find peace.  We, the investigators and research staff at the BWHS, stand in solidarity with those who fight against anti-Black racism, police brutality, and social injustice.  We will continue to promote research that uncovers the pernicious effects of racism and inequality on Black women’s health. 

Please click here to view some BWHS publications on racism and health.


The Black community is disproportionately affected by COVID-19, with complications and deaths due to the virus 2 to 3 times greater than in other racial/ethnic groups. The Black Women’s Health Study seeks to provide insight and solutions to decrease the impact of COVID-19 on Black communities. Whether you have COVID-19 or not, we encourage you to take a few minutes each day to log your health status in the new COVID-19 symptom tracker. This secure app is free to download and many large studies, including the Black Women’s Health Study, are asking participants to use the app so that researchers and public health officials can get good information on the spread of this disease and its symptoms. If you enroll as a member of the Black Women’s Health Study, we will later be able to link the data you enter into the tracker with data you have already given us. We can then identify factors that affect developing COVID-19 and learn if the virus has any long-term health impacts. Your friends and family can download the app and participate too, even if they are not involved in the Black Women’s Health Study.

Please visit https://covid.joinzoe.com/us for more information.

To learn more about the COVID-19 tracker app effort, read these recent publication in the journal Science and the journal Cancer Epidemiology Biomarkers and Prevention.

About the Black Women’s Health Study

Black women have higher rates of many illnesses, such as hypertension, breast cancer at young ages, diabetes, stroke, and lupus. There needs to be a better understanding of the causes of these illnesses and determinants of good health. Since 1995, the Black Women’s Health Study (BWHS) has recognized that need and has continued working to answer these questions.

If you are hearing about us for the first time, or have heard about us and want to find out more, we encourage you to explore this web site. We cannot invite you to take part in the study; due to the study design, only the 59,000 women who enrolled in the study in 1995 can participate. Please explore our web site, where all visitors can:

  • Read brief descriptions and obtain full references of our publications;
  • See our newsletters, which give study updates and cover a variety of health and research topics;
  • Learn about the background and history of the BWHS and about the researchers and advisory panel that lead the study;
  • Link to health-related web sites that can provide useful information about specific conditions or general health.

In addition, BWHS study participants can:

  • Complete an on-line version of the current health questionnaire (2021/2022 BWHS Health Questionnaire)
  • Read answers to questions commonly asked by participants in our FAQ;
  • Contact us with questions (bwhs@bu.edu) or update us with your new home address, phone number, or email address.


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