And So We Press On: A Community View On African American Health In Washington State is the third in a series of reports assessing barriers to success for Black Washingtonians. Released in 2020, it draws on the experiences of 588 study participants from across the state to paint a picture of Black health and well-being.

“The longer we listen to one another -with real attention -the more commonality we will find in all our lives. That is, if we are careful to exchange with one another live stories and not simply opinions.”

– Barbara Deming


This is the beginning of a new decade, a turn in the road towards hope and change. And that is why it is with great enthusiasm that I share with you our latest study to guide us all down a thoughtful path: “And So We Press On, A Community View on African American Health in Washington State”.

This journey of gathering data and curating insights began in 2015 with the publication of a study examining the inequities of Blacks in Washington. At the time, we identified five critical areas of need spanning Economic Security, Health, Civic Engagement, Education and Criminal Justice. This Health study is the second publication in a multi-year initiative to spark conversation and tell the true stories of Black families, children, and neighbors. This study explores startling facts such as:

  • 1 in 5 Black Washingtonians will lose healthcare if Obamacare is dismantled.
  • Blacks have higher rates of mortality and lower life expectancy.
  • 44 out of 100,000 births ended in fatality for African American women, versus 13 deaths for white women.


And So We Press On was created to help inform decision-making and raise awareness of inequities in order to advance equitable health care for all Washingtonians.

We encourage you to:

  • Learn more.
  • Share the report with others.
  • Host conversations in your home, community center, faith community, or wherever you gather about how to support each other in health and wellness.
  • Educate yourself and others on local and state initiatives related to health access, environmental justice, and the social safety net.