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In case you missed it, this week is Black Maternal Well being Week (BMHW), which runs from April 11 to April 17. Based and led by the Black Mamas Matter Alliance, BMHW is an initiative that goals to deepen the dialog round Black maternal well being within the US. “The marketing campaign and actions for Black Maternal Well being Week serve to amplify the voices of Black Mamas and middle the values and traditions of the reproductive and start justice actions. Actions throughout BMHW are rooted in human rights, reproductive justice, and start justice frameworks,” the Black Mamas Matter Alliance web site states.
Whereas that is the fifth anniversary of BMHW, the White Home solely formally acknowledged it final April. On Twitter, the Black Mamas Matter Alliance noted the White Home’s official proclamation for Black Maternal Well being Week 2022, saying the group was “thrilled to have the help” of the president and vice chairman for the second 12 months in a row.
Within the April 8 proclamation, President Biden known as upon “all People to lift consciousness of the state of Black maternal well being in the US by understanding the implications of systemic discrimination, recognizing the scope of this drawback and the necessity for pressing options, amplifying the voices and experiences of Black ladies, households, and communities, and committing to constructing a piece wherein Black ladies do not need to concern for his or her security, their well-being, their dignity, or their lives, earlier than, throughout, and after being pregnant.”
On Friday, April 8, the @WhiteHouse launched an official proclamation for Black Maternal Well being Week 2022! Because the founders of #BMHW, the Black Mamas Matter Alliance is thrilled to have the help of @POTUS & @VP for a 2nd 12 months in a row. Go to https://t.co/BvAJrLbrwC to learn extra pic.twitter.com/njJ834elju
— Black Mamas Matter Alliance (@BlkMamasMatter) April 11, 2022
To provide some perception into the severity of the care hole, the 2016-2017 maternal mortality charge for non-Hispanic Black ladies die was 3.55 occasions that for non-Hispanic white ladies, per the American Journal of Public Well being. The toddler mortality charge for Black infants in 2018 was greater than twice that of non-Hispanic white infants, in response to the Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention.
This 12 months’s Black Maternal Well being week theme is “Constructing for Liberation: Centering Black Mamas, Black Households and Black Programs of Care.” The objective is to underscore the “want for studying about Black Feminist and womanist approaches in strengthening wellness buildings inside our communities, throughout the Diaspora, as a revolutionary act within the pursuit of liberation and within the world battle to END maternal mortality,” per the Black Mamas Matter Alliance. The group may have each digital and in-person programming all through the week. Go to the Black Mamas Matter Alliance to be taught extra and join occasions.