February 14, 2020
SAN FRANCISCO – U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) on Tuesday will hold a roundtable discussion in San Francisco to discuss the Black maternal mortality crisis and her legislation to address persistent biases and shortcomings in our nation’s medical system.
“During Black History Month, it is important that we not only celebrate the rich legacy of Black Americans, but also acknowledge the historic struggles within the community – many of which persist today,” said Sen. Harris. “Even as advancements in medicine improve outcomes, Black women continue to face a maternal mortality crisis. Every day that we fail to confront racial disparities and injustices in America, we are failing our families and future generations.”
Harris will meet with maternal health providers, advocates, and patients about confronting and eliminating racial disparities in our health care system. Participants will share their stories and best practices for providing culturally competent health care for Black mothers; ensuring Black mothers have equal access to the maternal care they need; addressing the realities of wage inequality, housing affordability, and more.
In response to the Black maternal health crisis, Senator Harris reintroduced the Maternal Care Access and Reducing Emergencies (Maternal CARE) Act in 2019. In the United States, Black women are three to four times more likely than White women to die from pregnancy-related causes, and are twice as likely to suffer from life-threatening pregnancy complications.
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WHO: U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA)
California Breastfeeding Coalition
East Oakland Youth Development Center
UCSF School of Nursing
UCSF Preterm Birth Initiative
UCSF Center for Black Women Livelihood
Alameda Health Consortium
State Black Infant Health (BIH) Program
State Maternal, Child and Adolescent Health (MCAH) & Perinatal Equity Initiative (PEI)
Black Women Birthing Justice
Contra Costa County BIH and PEI
Contra Costa County and Riverside County WIC
Diversity Uplifts Inc.
Delta Health Care
WHAT: Black Maternal Health Roundtable
WHEN: Tuesday, February 18 at 3:20 PM PT
WHERE: “The Bridge” Conference Room FHL Bank, 333 Bush Street, #3200, San Francisco, CA 94104
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