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Black Maternal Health Week April 11th-17th!
LA COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS PROCLAIMS APRIL 11-17 AS BLACK MATERNAL HEALTH WEEK AND APRIL 16 AS THE DAY OF THE BLACK INFANT
Motion aims to bring attention to birth justice and the importance of reducing the Black maternal and infant mortality rates in Los Angeles
(Los Angeles County, CA) Today, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors passed a motion recognizing April 11-17 as Black Maternal Health Week. The motion, brought forward by LA County District 2 Supervisor, Holly Mitchell, is a win for the county’s African American Infant and Maternal Mortality Prevention Initiative (AAIMM), its Steering Committee and Community Action Teams. Launched in late 2018, AAIMM is a coalition of the LA County Alliance for Health Integration (Departments of Mental Health, Public Health, and Health Services), First 5 LA, community organizations, mental and health care providers, funders, and community members.
The AAIMM Initiative mission is to end the unacceptably high rates of Black infant and maternal deaths in Los Angeles County and ensure access to healthy and joyous births for Black families. AAIMM approaches its work by recognizing racism as a root cause of birth inequities faced by the Black community. Black Maternal Health Week was introduced and led nationally by Black Mamas Matter Alliance four years ago and brought to Los Angeles by Black Women for Wellness.
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WHAT'S HAPPENING THIS WEEK
WEDNESDAY APRIL 14TH
THURSDAY APRIL 15TH
11am - 12:15pm
Floor 101 - The Children's Collective Inc. Black Infant Health Program
Zoom: Meeting ID: 879 4893 3901, Passcode: TCCIBIH
12pm - 1pm
County Lunch & Learn: Claiming our power, resilience and liberation: Shifting the narrative from statistics to solutions to improve Black maternal health
Lunchtime conversation on shifting the narrative on Black maternal health from disparities data to community-driven policy, program and care solutions that center Black mothers and improve outcomes.
- Jan Robinson Flint (Black Women for Wellness)
- Khefri Riley (Frontline Doulas)
- Stephanie Bryant (Riverside University Health System-Public Health)
- Angie Dixon-Hamlett (Black Infant Health Long Beach)
- Mashariki Kudumu (March of Dimes-moderator)
2:30pm - 4pm
Celebrating our Health, in a Joyous Way! Hosted by Cinnamoms
To Register: www.cinnamoms.org
In collaboration with Pasadena Chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. and San Gabriel Valley Links, Inc.: Building the Village to Support Black Birthing Families
Roundtable discussion with clinicians, birth workers, advocates, fathers and grandmothers to raise awareness, identify resources and mobilize action to decrease morbidity and mortality for Black women and babies.
- LaTanya Hines: OB/GYN; Association of Black Women Physicians & Kaiser
- Sister Minister Loretta Randle: grandmother, community advocate, wisdom keeper; When 1000 Grandmother's Pray Prayer Advocacy & BestStart4BlackBabies Initiative
- Valencia Walker: neonatologist/Diversity & Equity Officer; Association of Black Women Physicians &Nationwide Children’s Hospital
- Wenonah Valentine: grandmother, mentor, wisdom keeper, CEO and Founder; iDREAM for Racial Health Equity
- Jason Dawson: father, advocate, health equity leader; L.A. County Center for Health Equity, AAIMM SLA/SB Community Action Team
- Michelle Sanders: mother, doula; L.A. County AAIMM Doula Program
- Crystal Yelverton (moderator)
Join at: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/9035965996
FRIDAY APRIL 16TH
9:45am - 10:45am
APRIL 16-17 BLACK MAMAS MATTER CONFERENCE
Founded and led by the Black Mamas Matter Alliance (BMMA), the Black Maternal Health Conference (BMHC) is the premiere assembly for Black women, clinicians, professionals, advocates, and other stakeholders working to improve maternal health using the birth justice, reproductive justice, and human rights frameworks. This year’s virtual conference will offer a national space for learning, rich discussions, and mobilization to transform Black maternal health, rights, and justice. We need a place to be in community together, to vision and dream, and to celebrate each other.
SATURDAY APRIL 17TH
SUNDAY APRIL 11TH
MONDAY APRIL 12TH
TUESDAY APRIL 13TH