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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.


T.H.A.W. envisions a future where African American women are empowered to achieve optimal health and well-being, supported by a community that is responsive and attuned to their unique health needs.



Founded in 2018 by a group of dedicated women in Pittsburgh, T.H.A.W. Inc. (Transforming the Health of African American Women) emerged as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization in response to the concerning health disparities between African American women and women of other races or ethnicities. The organization was formed with a commitment to addressing and improving the health and well-being of African American women in the Lincoln-Lemington and surrounding communities. Since its inception, T.H.A.W., Inc. has implemented programs focused on chronic disease education and intervention, behavior change and stress reduction coaching, lifestyle and weight loss support, and increasing access to free and low-cost physical fitness activities. This effort was further emphasized by the findings of a 2019 University of Pittsburgh study, which underscored the health challenges faced by African American women in the region.

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