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 (2024 BWHS Health Questionnaire coming soon!)
  • 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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Unless otherwise identified, photographs are stock images and the individuals pictured are models, not study participants. The content of this website is solely the responsibility of the Black Women’s Health Study and does not necessarily represent the official views of the National Cancer Institute or the National Institutes of Health.