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Celebrating Black History Month & Maternal Health

We recognize and honor the creativity, brilliance, commitment, and emotional labor of the many Black people who have ignited the focus on maternal health and well-being. Their voices are called for - leading change in all aspects of care as well as the context of people's lives. We see the sacrifices Black people have made and the harm they have endured. We strive to uplift and follow their lead this month and always.

Join us as we honor people who have seen a need in their communities and stepped up for change. Check out our social media as we share important work, people, and milestones related to maternal health and Black history. Also, follow #BlackHistoryMonth and #BlackHerStoryMonth to learn even more.

Explore some of the great maternal health resources created by Black maternal health professionals and communities in our resource center!

Cultural Humility and Black Maternal Health in Historical Context

This webinar, presented by Dr. Jann Murray-García, MD, MPH is part of a 4-part series focusing on equity, inclusion, and engagement. 

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Achieving Breastfeeding Equity and Justice in Black Communities: Past, Present, and Future

Published by Authors Ifeyinwa V. Asiodu, Kimarie Bugg, and Aunchalee E.L. Palmquist in Breastfeeding Medicine, this paper discusses breastfeeding as it protects maternal and infant health across the life course and the need for increasing breastfeeding rates in Black communities to help address maternal and infant mortality and morbidity.

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Black Birthing Bill of Rights is a resource for every Black person that engages in maternity care. Created by the National Association to Advance Black Birth (NAABB), The Bill of Rights also serves as guidance for government programs, hospitals, maternity providers and others as they transform their policies, procedures, and practices to meet the needs of Black birthing people.

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Explore More Black Maternal Health Resources

New on the Blog:

The Black Maternal Health Momnibus Bill Tracker Provides Latest Details on Federal Legislative Activity, Visual Resources for Education and Advocacy


The Century Foundation has released a new resource to track progress on the passage of the Maternal Health Momnibus, a comprehensive, federal legislative package that addresses many facets of the maternal health crisis, including the social determinants of health, maternal mental health, technology and digital tools, and expanding and diversifying the perinatal workforce. The tracker provides background on each of the twelve bills in the Momnibus, including legislative sponsors, committees, bill status and more. Engage with the interactive resource or read a PDF version. Find campaign materials and guidance here.

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MHLIC Webinar

MHLIC Partners with HRSA Region 4 for Maternal Mortality Webinar


Join us on February 23, 2022 at 12 pm ET for Promising Partnerships to Address Maternal Mortality an exploration of how successful partnerships may help improve maternal health. Successfully addressing maternal health requires collaboration among local, state, and federal partners. This webinar will highlight successful partnerships to support women’s health needs in the Southeastern US.

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Conference Abstracts Open

Call for Proposals for the 2022 National Maternal Health Innovation Symposium

The 2022 Symposium will be held August 2-3 in Chicago, IL with in-person and virtual attendance and presentation options. MHLIC is now accepting proposals for workshops, skills building sessions, and Spark Session videos. Be sure to periodically check our website for Symposium updates.

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Also, we are seeking a Chicago-based inspirational keynote speaker. If you or someone you know is interested, please contact Alice Pollard.

Abstracts are due April 11th. Submit an abstract.

CityMatCH Call for Applications: 2022 Training Course in Maternal and Child Health Epidemiology

The Maternal and Child Health Bureau, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and CityMatCH are offering a Training Course in Statistics and Epidemiological Methods to enhance the analytic capacity of state and local health agencies. This intensive program combines lectures, discussion, hands-on exercises, and opportunities for individualized technical assistance. Applications are due March 1st.

Learn More and Begin the Application

2022 Black Maternal Health Conference and Training Institute (BMHC22)

Founded and led by Black Mamas Matter Alliance, this event is scheduled for September 17-18, 2022 and is currently planned to be a hybrid conference taking place in Washington, D.C. and online. The 2022 theme is “Building for Liberation: Centering Black Mamas, Black Families and Black Systems of Care." Abstracts are due March 4th.

Submit an Abstract.

New Reports and Resources

Maternal Mortality Review Committees: Sharing Power with Communities

This report summarizes the findings of an environmental scan conducted by a project team within the Black Mamas Matter Alliance in partnership with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs. The report shares the challenges that community members experienced while engaging with Maternal Mortality Review Committees along with strategies for change.

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A Racial Equity Framework for Assessing Health Policy

This report highlights the Racial Equity and Policy (REAP) framework which provides a conceptually sound, empirically grounded basis for systematically assessing racial equity in health policy.

Read the Article


New Hear Her Campaign Materials are Available for Professionals

CDC recently released a new webpage and set of materials for health care professionals for the Hear Her campaign, which seeks to reduce pregnancy-related deaths. The website contains information for obstetric providers, pediatric staff, and other health care professionals. Campaign materials include posters, palm cards, shareable graphics, and sample social media content in English and Spanish. Clinical resources and tools from a variety of organizations are also featured. Information for healthcare professionals can be found at https://www.cdc.gov/hearher/healthcare-providers/index.html.

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Upcoming Events

My Bias: Implicit, Explicit, Does it Matter in Maternal & Neonatal Nursing Care

March 1, 2022, 3:00 PM ET, Virtual


The attitudes and behaviors of healthcare professionals are rooted in cultural norms and bias. Recognizing these behaviors and addressing structural racism in our healthcare system are strategies needed to impact short and long-term outcomes.

Join Rose Horton & AWHONN for a conversation aimed at eradicating implicit bias with every patient, during every interaction, every time. Contact hours are available.

RSVP to Attend

Effectively Partnering with Communities in Research to Improve Maternal Health Outcomes and Reduce Disparities

March 10, 2022, 12:00 PM ET

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Presented by Maternal Health Coordinating Committee (MHCC) of the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD).

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AAMC Center for Health Justice Maternal Health Incubator

May 24-25, 2021, Virtual

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The Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) Center for Health Justice will host the Maternal Health Incubator, a two-day virtual meeting with a goal of developing a common understanding of the data and strategies needed to close health gaps. Join them virtually on May 24-25, 2022 and add your voice to the collaborative discussions. Registration will open in early spring.

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Black Maternal Health Week 2022

April 11-17, 2022


Created by Black Mamas Matter Alliance (BMMA), Black Maternal Health Week (BMHW) is April 11-17, 2022. The theme this year is “Building for Liberation: Centering Black Mamas, Black Families and Black Systems of Care” which reflects their work in centering Black women across the maternal healthcare spectrum.

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World Birth Defects Prevention Day

March 3, 2022

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Many of our partners have joined together for the March 3rd 11am ET Tweet Chat to raise awareness about #WorldBDDay. Please join in & share your resources!

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Save the Date: AMCHP 2022 Annual Conference

May 24-26, 2022


Gain a firsthand opportunity to learn about changes occurring in the MCH field, such as federal and state policies and health systems transformation. Session topics will include ensuring equity in systems and services, building and strengthening partnerships, and practicing effective family and youth engagement. Participate in discussions and exchange best practices and resources with other MCH professionals, creating stronger and bolder ideas for the future.

If you have any questions or need additional information, please contact Deborah Stokes.

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This project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number U7CMC33636-01 for the National Maternal Health Learning and Innovation Center Cooperative Agreement. This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS, or the U.S. Government.


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