Innovative Tools and Strategies | Health Systems and Workforce | Global Guidelines and Local Adaptations Room: Nerina Pre-Formed Panel
May 11, 2023 13:55 - 14:55(Africa/Johannesburg)
20230511T1355 20230511T1455 Africa/Johannesburg Black Mamas Matter Alliance: Advancing the Black Maternal Health, Rights, and Justice Movement

The United States is experiencing a maternal health crisis. To meet Sustainable Development Goals, many countries are working to decrease their maternal mortality ratio (MMR), currently achieving a 38% global decrease between 2000 and 2017. However, the United States continues to report a significant MMR increase and racial inequities, with Black women dying at nearly three times the rate of white women. Black birthing women are also twice as likely as white women to experience severe pregnancy complications.

The Black Mamas Matter Alliance (BMMA), founded in 2016, serves as a national voice and coordinating entity for stakeholders advancing Black maternal health, rights, and justice. We envision a world where Black mamas have the rights, respect, and resources to thrive before, during, and after pregnancy. BMMA believes that community empowerment and mobilization is a vital strategy, one that involves small-scale organizations, health workers, and everyday citizens interacting to increase education and engagement in preventative health promotion activities. Our approach utilizes the strengths of doulas, midwives, and other skilled maternal health actors working with the communities they serve.

This panel will provide an overview of BMMA; the work conducted within our four key pillars of policy, research, care, and culture shift; and the impact on maternal health in the United States. Speakers will describe BMMA's process for leveraging Black women's lived experiences and scholarship to decolonize research, develop policy priorities, principles for holistic maternity care, and the application of BMMA's research principles across a variety of projects addressing Black maternal health.

Room: Nerina International Maternal Newborn Health Conference 2023 information@imnhc.org
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The United States is experiencing a maternal health crisis. To meet Sustainable Development Goals, many countries are working to decrease their maternal mortality ratio (MMR), currently achieving a 38% global decrease between 2000 and 2017. However, the United States continues to report a significant MMR increase and racial inequities, with Black women dying at nearly three times the rate of white women. Black birthing women are also twice as likely as white women to experience severe pregnancy complications.

The Black Mamas Matter Alliance (BMMA), founded in 2016, serves as a national voice and coordinating entity for stakeholders advancing Black maternal health, rights, and justice. We envision a world where Black mamas have the rights, respect, and resources to thrive before, during, and after pregnancy. BMMA believes that community empowerment and mobilization is a vital strategy, one that involves small-scale organizations, health workers, and everyday citizens interacting to increase education and engagement in preventative health promotion activities. Our approach utilizes the strengths of doulas, midwives, and other skilled maternal health actors working with the communities they serve.

This panel will provide an overview of BMMA; the work conducted within our four key pillars of policy, research, care, and culture shift; and the impact on maternal health in the United States. Speakers will describe BMMA's process for leveraging Black women's lived experiences and scholarship to decolonize research, develop policy priorities, principles for holistic maternity care, and the application of BMMA's research principles across a variety of projects addressing Black maternal health.

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Global Guidelines and Local Adaptations
Innovative Tools and Strategies
Presenters Philicia Castillo
Associate Director, Data Management & Analysis, Black Mamas Matter Alliance, Inc
Co-authors Ayanna Robinson
Research And Evaluation Lead, Black Mamas Matter Alliance, Inc
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Sang Hee Won
Research Projects Manager, Black Mamas Matter Alliance
AA
Angela Aina
Co-Founder & Executive Director, Black Mamas Matter Alliance
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Panel 01:55 PM - 02:55 PM (Africa/Johannesburg) 2023/05/11 11:55:00 UTC - 2023/05/11 12:55:00 UTC
None
Innovative Tools and Strategies
Health Systems and Workforce
Presenters Philicia Castillo
Associate Director, Data Management & Analysis, Black Mamas Matter Alliance, Inc
Co-authors Ayanna Robinson
Research And Evaluation Lead, Black Mamas Matter Alliance, Inc
SW
Sang Hee Won
Research Projects Manager, Black Mamas Matter Alliance
AA
Angela Aina
Co-Founder & Executive Director, Black Mamas Matter Alliance
Conducting Research with, for, and by Black Birthing People and Researchers: Operationalizing Black Mamas Matter Alliance’s Research Principles
Panel 01:55 PM - 02:55 PM (Africa/Johannesburg) 2023/05/11 11:55:00 UTC - 2023/05/11 12:55:00 UTC
None
Innovative Tools and Strategies
Health Systems and Workforce
Presenters Philicia Castillo
Associate Director, Data Management & Analysis, Black Mamas Matter Alliance, Inc
Co-authors Ayanna Robinson
Research And Evaluation Lead, Black Mamas Matter Alliance, Inc
SW
Sang Hee Won
Research Projects Manager, Black Mamas Matter Alliance
AA
Angela Aina
Co-Founder & Executive Director, Black Mamas Matter Alliance
Associate Director, Data Management & Analysis
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Black Mamas Matter Alliance, Inc
Research and Evaluation Lead
,
Black Mamas Matter Alliance, Inc
Dr. Tlaleng Mofokeng
Executive Director
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Our Equity // UN Special Rapporteur Health
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