Recent maternal mortality data released by the CDC in February 2022 show that maternal deaths in the U.S. increased from 754 to 861 deaths per year. The death rate among […]
A Toolkit to Advance Racial Health Equity in Primary Care Improvement
This toolkit is designed to help those who provide, pay for, or support primary care translate their commitment to racial health equity into reality. Regardless of where you sit in […]
Local Wellness Funds: Advancing the Practice
Local wellness funds are a dedicated and sustainable pool of locally controlled funds created to support community well-being by improving health outcomes and reducing health inequities. These funds could be […]
Health Affairs Journal – February 2022
This edition of the Health Affairs Journal was dedicated to racism and health.
Journal of Public Health Management & Practice – January/February 2022
The January/February 2022 edition was dedicated to tackling structural racism and racial/ethnic inequities in pregnancy and communities.
Extending Postpartum Medicaid Coverage: State Pathways and Policy Impacts
Medicaid covers nearly half of all births in the United States. As such, state actions to change aspects of the program, like the length of coverage during the postpartum period, […]
Intersectionality Policymaking Toolkit
Grounded in core tenets of intersectionality, the Intersectionality Policymaking Toolkit (IPT) was developed to help policymakers, practitioners, and other stakeholders with their health equity work in the area of maternal […]
Virginia Invests in Doulas to Improve Maternal Health Outcomes
The United States is facing a maternal health crisis with poor maternal health outcomes. Across the country, states have adopted many strategies to address maternal mortality and morbidity. One state […]
Top Equity Resources for Pursuing Change in 2021
A collection of NICHQ articles and webinars that the community found most valuable in their equity journeys.
Center for Health Equity, Education, and Research (CHEER)
Located at Boston Medical Center and the Boston University School of Medicine, CHEER is a world class center for maternal child health advocacy, training and research.
The Cycle to Respectful Care: A Qualitative Approach to the Creation of an Actionable Framework to Address Maternal Outcome Disparities
Abstract Despite persistent disparities in maternity care outcomes, there are limited resources to guide clinical practice and clinician behavior to dismantle biased practices and beliefs, structural and institutional racism, and […]
A Racial Equity Framework for Assessing Health Policy
Public policy is a powerful determinant of racial inequity in health, but we lack tools for examining how the entire policymaking process impacts racial inequities. The Racial Equity and Policy […]
Health Equity Guiding Principles for Inclusive Communication
To build a healthier America for all, we must confront the systems and policies that have resulted in the generational injustice that has given rise to health inequities. The CDC […]
Healing Through Policy: Sample Policies and Practices to Address Systemic Health and Racial Inequities
Launched in October 2021, Healing Through Policy: Creating Pathways to Racial Justice is an initiative of the de Beaumont Foundation, the American Public Health Association, and the National Collaborative for Health Equity. The policy and practice suite is […]
Advancing Health Equity Through Improved Access to Patient-Centered Contraceptive Care
In Advancing Health Equity Through Improved Access to Patient-Centered Contraceptive Care, Families USA brings the latest and most relevant patient-centered outcomes research to bear on the issue of patient-centered contraceptive […]
Journal of Public Health Management and Practice
This issue of the Journal of Public Health Management and Practice describes public health interventions designed to address structural racism. These interventions might be expected to have an impact on […]
Underserved Populations in Healthcare: 5 Ways to Bridge the Gap
This guide provides detailed insights and resources on the following topics: A Look into What are Health Inequities Bridging Health Equality for African Americans, Hispanics, American Indians, New Mothers, People […]
Advancing equitable, community-based, peer-to-peer support for pregnancy, birth, breastfeeding and early parenting. HealthConnect One is the national leader in advancing equitable, community-based, peer-to-peer support for pregnancy, birth, breastfeeding, and early […]
Do No Harm Guide: Applying Equity Awareness in Data Visualization
Urban Institute | Jonathan Schwabish, Alice Feng Resource Summary This guide discusses how to use an equity lens in every step of the data process: from data collection to presentation. The authors interviewed 20 individuals who approach inclusivity in their […]
Maternal Health Innovation Podcast
SEASON 2 COMING SOON! Join us as we speak with experts about ways we can better serve women and birthing people and advance maternal health equity. From what is going […]
Birth Center Equity
Birth Center Equity works with and for BIPOC community birth center leaders to collectively access full spectrum capital at scale, to nurture beliefs, practices, and models of abundance among community […]
A Novel Method for Involving Women of Color at High Risk for Preterm Birth in Research Priority Setting
Abstract Involvement of patients and the public is now recognized to be essential for the good conduct of research. Patient and public involvement in research priority setting and funding decisions […]
Innovation Thursdays: The Perinatal Health Equity Foundation
Reviewing Policies for Equity Impact: A Tool to Support Equitable Maternal Health Outcomes
Implementing targeted policies is a powerful strategy for eliminating racial inequities in maternal health outcomes. In this webinar recorded on May 14, 2021, Dr. Cynthia Osborne, Director of the Prenatal-to-3 […]
Achieving Breastfeeding Equity and Justice
in Black Communities:
Past, Present, and Future
This paper was published in June 2021 in Breastfeeding Medicine. Authors: Ifeyinwa V. Asiodu, Kimarie Bugg, and Aunchalee E.L. Palmquist AbstractBackground: Breastfeeding is protective of maternal and infant health across the life […]
Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services (CLAS) in Maternal Health Care
This free, 2-hour e-learning program is designed for providers and students seeking knowledge and skills related to cultural competency, cultural humility, person-centered care, and combating implicit bias across the continuum […]
Black Birthing Bill of Rights
The Black Birthing Bill of Rights is a resource for every black person that engages in maternity care. Created by the National Association to Advance Black Birth (NAABB) want each […]
Equity in the Center
Equity in the Center (EiC) works to shift mindsets, practices and systems in the social sector to center race equity and build a Race Equity Culture.
Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Resource List
This list was gathered by MHLIC team members. It features resources based on racial and health equity, implicit bias, and cultural competency.
Black Mamas Matter: A Toolkit for Advancing the Human Right to Sage and Respectful Maternal Health Care
A comprehensive clinical toolkit with resources and recommendations to improve maternal health, rights, and respect in the black population.
AAMC Maternal Health Equity Webinar Series
A series of webinars related to race equity and maternal health (2020).
Achieving Health Equity….Addressing Racism as a Threat to the Health and Well-being of our nation
This presentation equips public health workers with tools for motivating, initiating, and sustaining work to address health equity. These tools include the “Cliff Analogy” animation which distills three levels of […]
Advancing Equity in Our Work
Implicit Bias Resource Guide
Setting the Standard for Holistic Care of and for Black Women
This paper provides a summary of recommendations that are essential in providing equitable clinical care to women of color.
Using Equity in Fatality Reviews
This video provides information about equity and an understanding of how hard this work is. It also provides ideas on how to process and ensure that the work is done […]
Health Equity Impact – Implementation Guide Assessment
The Heath Equity Implementation Guide is an adapted assessment from Washington (state) to address programs, policies and / or procedures in community health centers, health departments or other organizations. The […]
Project Implicit Bias
This site offers multiple implicit association tests that can enable individuals to discover their preferences in terms of gender, race, disability, religion, sexual orientation, age, and other demographic characteristics that […]
Four Steps to Address Racism’s Impact on Maternal and Child Health
This article provides a summary of four key strategies which can help those working in maternal and child health better address and respond to the effects of racism.
Birth Equity During COVID-19
The ability of birthing people to access quality reproductive and maternal health services during the COVID-19 crisis is important. This is especially important for BIPOC who disproportionately experience a lack […]
A Path to Reproductive Justice: Research, Practice and Policies
The second webinar in APHA’s Advancing Racial Equity series covered reproductive racial disparities. Presenters: Provided context of racism in reproductive care across multiple impacted groups; Shared current advocacy approaches to […]
Advancing Birth Justice: Community-based Doula Models as a Standard of Care for Ending Racial Disparities
Practical and detailed discussion of the value of doulas and community-based care models for addressing maternal health and equity.
Perinatal Healthcare Equity Resources
Implicit bias e-Learning course for perinatal providers that will cover all of the learning requirements for an evidence-based implicit bias program (Section 123630.6) of California Senate Bill 464. This course […]
Moving Toward Health Equity by Addressing Social Determinants of Health
Open access article in the Journal for Women’s Health on the role of nurses around SDoH in maternity care.
Integrating Behavioral Health and Community Outreach in a Free-Standing Birth Center
The Midwife Center for Birth and Women’s Health has started two new programs to better serve Medicaid beneficiaries. The first program was an integrated behavioral health program to engage pregnant […]
Innovative Models of Care for Reducing Inequities in Maternal Health
Recorded webcast from workshop which explored how nurses, midwives, and birth companions can improve maternal and infant health, specifically for women in U.S. communities affected by structural and health inequalities.
Community-Based Doulas and Midwives
The coronavirus pandemic further emphasizes the need for a range of accessible, affordable options for pregnancy-related care and support. This report describes the role of community-based providers in addressing the […]
Maternal Telehealth Has Expanded Dramatically During the COVID-19 Pandemic Equity Concerns and Promising Approaches
Analysis that explores what promising maternal care telehealth practices have emerged during the pandemic, what access and equity concerns surrounding maternal health have arisen in light of increased reliance on […]
It takes a Village: The Maternal Wellness Village
There is a fundamental need for multilevel interventions emerging from the lived- experience and expertise of Black women that provide support from early pregnancy through the end of the first […]
Achieving Health Equity for Disadvantaged Populations
Across the nation, an unprecedented focus is being placed on achieving the goal of health equity. This goal requires acquiring, aggregating, and analyzing data on social determinants of health to […]
Improving Our Maternity Care Now: Four Care Models Decisionmakers Must Implement for Healthier Moms and Babies
Research shows that specific care models make a demonstrable difference in better care, experiences, and birth outcomes. We must take steps to make these widely available. We have identified three […]
State Strategies to Address the Black Maternal Health Crisis
The inequities laid bare by COVID-19 underscore the importance of states’ efforts to develop policies and interventions to address all health disparities. Systemic racism, a driver of these inequities, also […]
Listening to Understand and Not to Respond Across Different Cultural Contexts
Coming Face to Face with My Biased Self
Objectives Identify and differentiate conscious and unconscious biases Explore the impacts of biases in health and community settings Discuss strategies to mitigate biases at the individual and organization level Identify […]
The MCH Navigator
The website has a variety of learning resources as well as videos, modules on multiple topics – self-directed, semi-structured learning, etc.
Health Equity Starter Kit
Health Outreach Partners “This resource will support you in better understanding health equity as a broader framework to explain and address structural factors, social determinants of health, and health disparities. […]