Maternal & Infant Health, in particular Alarmingly High Maternal Death Rates:
Women in the United States are dying from childbirth-related complications, regardless of race, economics or location at an alarming rate. The United States’ maternal mortality rate ranks 47th among developed nations, and it’s even worse for women of color. African-American women are three times more likely than other women to die from childbirth-related complications.
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Racial bias & systemic racism
Racial Bias & Systemic Racism, in particular Policing & Community Safety:
Nation-wide systemic racism has shaped our criminal justice institutions toward discriminatory practices, building inequitable policies into their very foundations. Across the country, we have filled prisons with Black and brown people, and expanded policing and incarceration while defunding the very systems and programs that would address the root causes of “crime.” Long Island has an infamous history of racial segregation and the hyper-policing of Black and Latinx communities. For too long, our communities of color have been the victim of these practices while we fail to repair the harm caused to those left behind.
OUR aDVOCACY AREAS
The Women’s Diversity Network’s Health Equity Task Force
We are creating an environment made up of diverse, complementary organizations, agencies, clinicians and individuals, as one cohesive force that is supportive of positive health outcomes for Black women and other vulnerable populations on Long Island. We have partnered with a few entity’s like the Birth Justice Warriors and the Suffolk County Office of Minority Health.
We strive to accomplish the following:
Build and sustain a Health Equity (HE) Network that creates a sense of community and support that supports best practices that promote and increase positive health outcomes for Black women and other vulnerable populations.
Increase awareness of disparities and HE in maternal and child health outcomes among professionals, students and the community
Support women and other vulnerable populations in demanding a better standard of care when accessing health services
Create an advocacy platform that brings about policy change on the local level in regards to poor health outcomes for women, infants and other vulnerable populations
Hold practitioners accountable to abide by recommendations/best practices and to provide respectful care to all patients
We will take the following steps to achieve our outcomes and fulfill our purpose:
Foster collective action by extending an invitation to the County Executive, local Elected Officials, hospitals, organizations, agencies etc. that work in, or have a shared goal, to promote universal birth preparedness and postpartum continuity of care and to invite them to take part in and sponsor our Health Equity Task Force.
Facilitate meetings, programs, panel discussions, social media marketing campaigns, network events, screenings and community and clinical presentations/trainings that promote positive health outcomes.
Letter writing, meeting with local elected officials, attending and organizing events, linking with a national task force (e.g. Black Mamas Matter) on this issue and initiatives for support and guidance, creating a petition, hold press conferences, and meet with hospital administration and clinicians.
We have over 90 different Task Force Members