Black Maternal Health Week was established by the Black Mamas Matter Alliance (BMMA) and is honored April 11th - April 17th. The Perinatal Health Equity Foundation is proud to present our 3rd annual event, "The Architects of Birth Justice: Redesigning Perinatal Health for Black Mamas and Birthing People in New Jersey" This solutions-based event will focus on discussing the latest evidence surrounding Black Maternal Health by national and local experts in the field. Attendees will walk away with tangible strategies they can implement now to reshape Black Maternal Health in New Jersey.
Why should I attend?
New Jersey ranks 47th in Birth and pregnancy outcomes nationally and has a Black maternal mortality rate that is 7x that of white women in the state. This important topic provides a general background of the statistics but is focused more on action-based solutions to move the needle in providing an equitable pathway for Black mamas to not simply survive pregnancy and birth, but to THRIVE. Attendees will walk away with tangible tools to make an immediate impact. You are the change we have been waiting for.
This event is designed for clinical and public health professionals with a desire to improve maternal health for Black Women. (All are welcome to attend)
Keynote Speaker - dr. karen scott
special guest - Mrs. Tammy Murphy,
First Lady of New Jersey
What is Black Maternal Health Week?
"Black Maternal Health Week takes place every year from April 11 –17. The month of April is recognized in the United States as National Minority Health Month – a month-long initiative to advance health equity across the country on behalf of all racial and ethnic minorities. Additionally, we are joining dozens of global organizations that are fighting to end maternal mortality globally in advocating that the United Nations recognize April 11th as the International Day for Maternal Health and Rights.
The campaign and activities for Black Maternal Health Week 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”. Black Mamas Matter Alliance”
I want to learn more about black maternal health, where can I go?
BMMA has a link to the events that are happening nationally and is hosting its own conference on April 16th and 17th. Click the button below to learn more.
Time: 12-12:15 PM
Dr. Nastassia Davis, DNP, RN
Candice Martin, MPH, RN
Welcome and Event opening
Time: 12:15 - 1:30 PM
Dr. Karen Scott, MD, MPH, FACOG
"A Path Towards Black Perinatal Liberation and Sovereignty: Advancing Cultural Rigor in Hospital QI and Births"
Description: Presentation of original research using results from the SACRED OB study. Dr. Scott will discuss her validated tool, the PREM-OB Scale The PREM-OB Scale allows for Black mothers and birthing people to share information about their unique patient experiences in hospital settings during labor, birth, and postpartum. The information gained from the PREM-OB Scale will help hospitals, health plans, scientists, funders, and the public better understand how racism and other forms of discrimination and neglect affect the way hospitals pro
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Time: 1:30 - 2:15 PM
Dr. Michelle Gabrielle-Caldwell, PhD, CD, CBE
“Shared decision making in the birth arena. Evidence based practices and strategies to improve outcomes
This presentation will focus provide help define evidence based practice, clarify routine vs evidence based practices in the birth space, discuss barriers to implementation of evidence based practices in clinical practice as well as methods to reduce them
Time: 2:25 - 3:30 PM
Pass the Mic: Brainstorming maternal
child health solutions together.
Defining the problem is only one component. Together we can come up with real solutions to change some of the challenges Black women face in NJ. Through multidisciplinary breakout rooms we will work on that together. The final document will be shared and can be taken back to your respective.
Time: 3:30 - 3:35 PM
First Lady of NJ, Tammy Murphy
NutureNJ and the 2021 Strategic Plan.
Time: 3:40 - 4:30 PM
Lauren Nunally, MPH, BSN, RNC
“Reimagining postpartum care: Standardized care and bundles.” Discussion of evidence-based strategies for postpartum care.