Notable April Social Awareness Activities: Get Connecting and Talking!
National Infertility Awareness Week
(April 21-27) - Learn the facts about infertility, how to take action and support, and ways to get help
. Listen to stories and get involved online using
National Minority Health Month
- The 2019
theme is "Active & Healthy," highlighting the importance of physical activity each day to support well-being and reduce risks of chronic conditions. Get involved on
Sexual Assault Awareness Month
- National Sexual Violence Resource Center has one of the best communication and social media toolkits out there!
Click for content and ways to get involved
is a campaign to raise public awareness about sexual violence and educate communities on prevention. The theme, "I Ask", champions the message that asking for consent is a healthy, normal, and necessary part of everyday interactions.
STD Awareness Month
American Sexual Health Association
is drawing attention to the importance of testing with the
resource and campaign. Young adults can enter their zip code for free, fast, confidential testing and resources near them. Click for their
social media toolkit
International Day for Maternal Health and Rights (April 11). Join dozens of global organizations in advocating that the United Nations recognize April 11th as the International Day for Maternal Health and Rights. How?
Preconception IM CoIIN:
March 27th - 1-2pm ET: Integrating Quality Women-Centered Care into Practice: Insights from Magnolia Clinic
This webinar features Jaci Murphy, BSN, RN, Assistant Executive Community Health Nursing Director, Florida Department of Health in Duval County. Jaci leads the Women's Health, Pediatric and Immunization programs and clinics.
She will discuss ways clinics and Healthy Start sites can integrate quality women-centered care into daily practice.
April 12th - 3-4pm ET: New approaches to patient-centered reproductive goals assessment
Dr. Sonya Borrero will share her insight as a physician and researcher on this critical topic then lead a discussion about clinical/practical applications for a patient-centered approach to reproductive life plan.
April 4th, 3:30-5pm ET - IM CoIIN TA webinar,
Testing Part 2: Moving from Testing to Implementation -
If you have any questions, please contact IMCoIIN@abtassoc.com or 888-239-2048.
Media Focus on Improving Systems of Care
Have you read the series from the USA Today about maternal and child birth outcomes? Th
ere is a nice overview and commentary from organizations and leaders in the
about USA Today's series
. Listen to mothers' stories using: #1in50K #ProtectMoms #MaternalSafety. More from their #DeadlyDelivery series:
- Hospitals blame moms when childbirth goes wrong. Secret data suggest it's not that simple, USA Today
- How to report bad care from maternity hospitals, OB/GYNs when childbirth turns dangerous, USA Today
- Hospitals know how to protect mothers. They just aren't doing it, USA Today
Why We Need More Black Doulas
- A 2013 study found that doula-assisted mothers were less likely to
deliver babies with low birth weights
or with birth complications, and they were more likely to breastfeed their infants. Many US cities are turning to doulas to improve the childbirth experience and outcomes. Read how cities are strategizing to train and support doulas.
Preconception Health Bi-weekly Updates
Are you signed up to receive
CDC's bi-weekly updates on preconception and interconception health? The latest research, articles, new campaigns and resources will be sent straight to your inbox. Email
(email@example.com) with "subscribe." A great resource for everything happening in the industry, across the country - and world!
ABOUT HRSA IM CoIIN PRECONCEPTION PROJECT: 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 UF3MC31239-Providing Support For The Collaborative Improvement and Innovation Network (CoIIN) To Reduce Infant Mortality. The grant amount totals $1,494,993. 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.
Centering Women of Color: Action and Advocacy in April
April is filled with amazing awareness activities and opportunities to unite with groups from all-sectors to discuss strategies to advance health equity in the US. In this issue, you'll find some great tools to boost your social media outreach as well as consumer engagement resources, and how to stay on top of the latest research and conversations about women's health, health equity, and lifting the voices of Black women, mothers, and communities.
Get Ready for the 2nd Annual Black Maternal Health Week!
Black Maternal Health Week (#BMHW19) campaign and activities serve to amplify the voices of Black mamas and center the values and traditions of the reproductive and birth justice movements. Activities during BMHW are rooted in human rights, reproductive justice, and birth justice frameworks. We encourage everyone to make the time to listen, learn, and share!
The 2019 theme is "Decolonizing Research to Develop Meaningful Policy for Black Maternal Health."
Important note: If you are joining the online conversation April 11-17, be sure to use the following tags:
Listen, Engage, Advocate, and Partner
Since the inaugural Black Maternal Health Week, we've seen a lot of news stories covering mortality and morbidity rates for women and babies of color. While these voices and stories have been lifted in national and local outlets, the policies, systems, and structures in place continue to foster inequities that can leave many women in dangerous situations. We are proud to see organizational partners, such as the Black Mamas Matter Alliance, ROOT, SisterSong, Black Women's Health Imperative, and numerous others, join forces to create resources and dialogues that address these issues. In this newsletter, you'll find some tools created by these organizations to support women in educating and advocating for themselves and their communities.
As part of OUR effort to do and be better, our team at the
UNC Center for Maternal and Infant Health
has been listening to new mothers as they reflect on their preconception, prenatal, and postpartum experiences. What we heard has us begging the question,
"If Women of Color Aren't Being Heard During a Crisis,
How Are They Supported in Daily and Routine Care?"
This is an issue that transcends fame, money, education, power....with the systems in place, many women are left to advocate for their health (and lives) and flag when something is "not right." In too many situations, those "red flags" are ignored. Even when a woman of color recognizes that something is wrong and speaks up about it, she is not heard or BELIEVED. If women are expected to fight for their lives during a health crisis, think about what their daily, routine care and preventative visits must be like.
The Black Mamas' Matter Alliance (BMMA) issued a Black Paper in 2018 that described the components of holistic care:
Setting the Standard for Holistic Care of and for Black Women
- Addresses gaps in care and ensures continuity of care
- Is affordable and accessible
- Is confidential, safe, and trauma-informed
- Ensures informed consent
- Is Black Mama-, family-, and parent-centered and patient-led
- Is culturally-informed and includes traditional practices
- Is provided by culturally competent and culturally congruent providers
- Respects spirituality and spiritual health
- Honors and fosters resilience
- Includes the voices of all Black Mamas
- Is responsive to the needs of all genders and family relationships
- Provides wraparound services and connections to social services
- Listen to Black women
- Recognize the historical experiences and expertise of Black women and families
- Provide care through a reproductive justice framework
- Disentangle care practices from the racist beliefs in modern medicine
- Replace white supremacy and patriarchy with a new care model
- Empower all patients with health literacy and autonomy
- Empower and invest in paraprofessionals
- Recognize that access does not equal quality care
Holistic care for women of color and historically marginalized communities requires that health professionals take strides to understand the cultural and historical context and complexities. Recognizing and addressing i
mplicit bias may not
change behavior, but it can allow staff and professionals to learn about their own position
within the spectrum of advantage, privilege, and responsibility.
The voices of Black women must be heard in individual care visits, in policy decisions, and in
the design of all medical interventions targeted for Black women.
BMMA Black Report
Black Women's Health Imperative on holistic health resou
Black Women's Health Imperative (BWHI) has created a holistic
Health Matters toolkit
to support holistic health. Women can explore topics, such as accessing affordable health care, breast cancer, diabetes, mental health, heart disease, HIV/AIDS, reproductive, and maternal health. Each section discusses why the topic matters to Black women's health, in particular.
Centering care and conversations around women - in the context of her life, goals, and community - supports her in reaching optimal health and wellness for herself and any future children she may chose to have.
Advocating for Policy Change:
A modern blueprint to address inequities
2019 National Health Policy Agenda
, created by the Black Women's Health Imperative, will give the nation a modern blueprint for how to solve health inequities for Black women and girls. This work now needs the power of advocates, policymakers, practitioners, academics, and community leaders to move it to action.
Click to read the executive summary.
Click to download the 2019 Candidate Report Card.
Click to download the 2019 Report.