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

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.


T.H.A.W'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.



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.


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 relationships.


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

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


Engage with the residents within the community, by service.


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 community.