April 11, 2020 Newsletter - Black Maternal Health Week is Here!

Black Maternal Health Week is here! Celebrate April with us April 11-17

Black Maternal Health Week (BMHW) was launched by the Black Mamas Matter Alliance in order to create awareness of and foster action to address the injustice of Black Maternal Mortality in our nation.

The LA County AAIMM Initiative is celebrating BMHW virtually through several social-distancing friendly online events. The South LA/South Bay AAIMM Community Action Team and partners across the LA County AAIMM network of change-makers have planned a full week of activities. We acknowledge our work has even deeper importance during this pandemic. This will be a time of celebrating and supporting joyous and healthy births, while calling on all to become a village of support for pregnant woman and families.

A listing of events can be found on our website at www.blackinfantsandfamilies.org/bmhw as well as on Facebook and Instagram(@blackinfantsandfamiliesla) and Twitter (@BIF_LA). 

If your organization has a virtual event planned, we'd like to know: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/AAIMM_BMHW.

Show Your Support! Download our BMHW 2020 Profile Badge

It's official...we've got a badge! What better way to show your support than to download our Black Maternal Health Week profile badge? It's below and available on our Facebook page.


Black Maternal Health Week 2020 Events

Please join and share these virtual events hosted by the South LA/South Bay Community Action Team, Black Infants and Families' AAIMM Doulas, our AAIMM partners, and Black Mamas Matter Alliance.

To keep up to date on events, follow our events page: www.blackinfantsandfamilies.org/BMHW

South LA/South Bay Community Action Team VirtualiTEA Series

Diversity Uplifts and March of Dimes Centering Black Mamas: Birth Stories of Hope, Healing & Celebration

Mighty Little Giants NICU Support Group

Black Women for Wellness #BlackMamaMoxie Series

Black Mamas Matter Alliance is hosting a series of powerful webinars listed below. For more information, visit: https://blackmamasmatter.org/events/

Black Maternal Health and the U.S. COVID-19 Response

April 13 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

Shifting and Advancing Black Maternal Health Policy | #BMHW20

April 14 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Improving Health Outcomes for Black Mamas through Holistic Midwifery Care | #BMHW20

April 15 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Centering Black Mamas: In Practice | #BMHW

April 16 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

News from the Network


WIC is working to make it easy for families to enroll by having families text them at Apply for WIC.

California Health Care Foundation

CHCF is funding to develop educational modules for hospital staff, per the requirements of California Senate Bill 464 (“implicit bias bill”).  Diversity Science (https://www.diversityscience.org/about-us/) is the grantee and Rachel Hardeman, PhD is the team lead (https://directory.sph.umn.edu/bio/sph-a-z/rachel-hardeman). They have three asks of our network of organizations:

1) If interested to learn more, please sign up for the project kick off webinar (April 30 at noon PST) at the link below

2) If you want to get project updates and have opportunities to provide feedback during the development process, please sign up for the project mailing list—also at the link below. 

3) Please share this link far and wide with anyone you’d consider a stakeholder in SB 464 who might want to weigh in on the development of these educational tools (which will be free to all when released). We want as many stakeholders as possible—from different vantage points in maternity care-- to learn about this work and provide input. https://www.diversityscience.org/training-and-education/equal-perinatal-care/


Antelope Valley Community Action Team (SPA 1) - Cesar Sanchez and Olga Vigdorchik

San Fernando/Santa Clarita Valleys (SPA 2) - Cesar Sanchez

San Gabriel Valley/Pasadena (SPA 3) - Annette Trejo and Jocelyn Estiandan

South LA/South Bay (SPA 6/8) - Adjoa Jones and Ellen Branch

The AAIMM CATs are still active during this time of social isolation and are working virtually to continue the great work they've begun.

Black Infants and Families Los Angeles is the landing place for the work of the Los Angles County African American Infant and Maternal Mortality Initiative. We are a coalition of the LA County Health Agency (Department of Mental Health, Department of Public Health, and Department of Health Services), First 5 LA, community organizations, mental and health care providers, funders, and community members. We are united in one purpose: to address the unacceptably high rates of Black infant and maternal deaths in Los Angeles County.


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