North San Diego County Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. addresses the health risks that Uterine Fibroids present for Women of Color.
Uterine fibroids are the most common noncancerous tumors that grow in the walls of the uterus (womb) in women (including individuals who have a uterus, regardless of gender identity) and are of childbearing age.
These tumors may cause significant morbidity through their presence in the uterus and pelvic cavity. Furthermore, the pain, discomfort, stress, and other physical and emotional symptoms of living with uterine fibroids may significantly interfere with a woman’s quality of life.
Many women of color, particularly African American women 30 years and older, are disproportionately affected by uterine fibroids and often have poorer reproductive outcomes leading to invasive surgical procedures such as hysterectomies. Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. North San Diego County Alumnae Chapter is an organization that purposely supports and advocates for addressing disparities concerning women’s health through three components of Delta’s Five Point Programmatic Thrust – Educational Development, Physical and Mental Health, and Political Awareness and Involvement. Following the leadership of The White Dress Project (founders of July is Uterine Fibroids Awareness Month), we fully support the state of California Legislature designating July as Uterine Fibroids Awareness Month entitled the Assembly Concurrent Resolution (ACR) No. 257 Chapter 176- Relative to Uterine Fibroids Awareness Month. The resolution, July is Uterine Fibroids Awareness Month in California, was authored by California Secretary of State Dr. Shirley Weber and initiated by Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. San Diego Alumnae Chapter (SDAC) in 2018. It was reinstated by Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. North San Diego County Alumnae Chapter (NSDCAC) in 2022 in collaboration with Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. San Diego Alumnae Chapter and authored by Assembly Member District 79, Dr. Akilah Weber, MD.
On July 27, 2022, NSDCAC held the Uterine Fibroids Awareness Month Reinstatement Ceremony at TrueCare, our healthcare partner. At the event, Live Well San Diego designated NSDCAC, a Live Well San Diego Partner and declared July 27, 2022, as the North San Diego County Alumnae Chapter Day in honor of the advocacy work we do in educating the public about Uterine Fibroids. We were also presented a Proclamation from the offices of Dr. Akilah Weber, 79th Assembly Member and Jim Desmond, 5th District Supervisor.
NSDCAC is currently launching its 2023 social media campaign and we invite residents of California to follow our site as well as our social media platforms to learn how you can support July is Uterine Fibroids Awareness Month in California.