My Hair My Health PDX
Our 2021 fiscal sponsor is Black United Fund (BUF), a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization, 93-0843267. All donations, grants and gifts to support My Hair My Health are received and monitored by BUF.
My Hair, My Health PDX was adapted from San Bernardino County Public Health Department’s My Hair My Health Conference. The aim is for local organizations to work collectively and use hair practices as the platform to increase physical activity and fruit and vegetable consumption among black women.
In the summer of 2016, the My Hair My Health PDX planning Committee formed, consisting of representatives from Oregon State University Extension Services, Oregon Department of Education, and Oregon Health Authority. Beginning in the winter of 2017, the Planning Committee partnered with Sah’Rah Stylz to host Salon Pop Up Tours at several Portland-metro black salons. These events brought black women together to discuss ways to incorporate healthy eating and physical activity into their lives. The My Hair My Health annual event consists of panel presentations, documentary screenings, vendors, workshops, food sampling, and physical activity demonstrations.
The mission of My Hair My Health PDX is to produce events that inform and inspire black women and their families.