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Our History

T.H.A.W. Inc is a 501c3 nonprofit organization formed in 2018 by a small group of Pittsburgh women concerned about the health disparities between African American women
and women of other races (or ethnicities). Since its founding, T.H.A.W., Inc. has
implemented programming that has promoted chronic disease education and intervention,
coaching in behavior change and stress reduction, lifestyle and weight loss support, and
increased access to free and low-cost physical fitness activities in the Lincoln-Lemington and
surrounding communities.

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Identify Communities
to target?

Understand the
communities strengths
and weaknesses?

Understand the history
of the community?

Understand the
residents barriers,
beliefs, and needs.

Identify who has trusted


Based on identification
phase, conduct research on
best practices for
developing change within
communities, like the one
we are looking to impact.

Work with program
development team to
develop programming that
best fits the culture and
needs of the African
American women and the


Engage with the residents
within the community, by

Build trust and gain buy
in by residents,
community leaders and
activist, political figures
and businesses.


Continue assessing and
measuring change.

Celebrating the small and
big successes for each
individual, family and

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THaw's Mission

To improve the health and quality of life for African American Women and the communities they live in; through education and other interventions that promote health awareness and personal development.

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Balance: People are the unity of body, mind, spirit and the systems in which they live; and finding balance is the key to optimal health.

Educate: Promote health, prevent illness, and educate to help raise awareness of disease in our lives rather than merely managing symptoms.

Acceptance: Striving to meet each individual with grace, kindness, and acceptance; by focusing on unique needs not chronic conditions.

Maintenance: To maintain it takes conscious and constant pursuit of the highest level of functioning and balance of the physical, environmental, mental, emotional, social and spiritual aspects.


and Values

T.H.A.W. Inc is the B.E.A.M. We provide the educational,tangible, and emotional support, creating an environment for change. We are the real BEAM of Light which helps show a clear path to change.