April 06, 2021
Black Maternal Health Week 2021: Take Action

Black Maternal Health Week is April 11-17th 2021. In addition to our ongoing campaign in support of Black Mamas Matter Alliance, this week we're writing our representatives in support of the 2021 Black Maternal Health Momnibus Act* to #savemoms.

 

STEP 1: COPY THE TEXT BELOW. Feel free to change— consider this a jumping off point to start negotiations.

Hello!

I'm writing to urge you to support the 2021 Black Maternal Health Momnibus Act. It's inexcusable that the US has higher maternal mortality rates than any industrialized nation. The majority of these deaths are preventable, and we have the power to change it. The time is now to pass this legislation here in our state and in Washington DC, because mothers deserve better.

Signed,

Your Name Here

 

STEP 2: HEAD OVER TO democracy.io. Enter your address to queue up your Congress-people, follow the steps and send!

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*The Black Maternal Health Momnibus Act is comprised of 12 individual bills which will:

  • Make critical investments in social determinants of health that influence maternal health outcomes, like housing, transportation, and nutrition. 
  • Provide funding to community-based organizations that are working to improve maternal health outcomes and promote equity.
  • Comprehensively study the unique maternal health risks facing pregnant veterans and support VA maternity care coordination. 
  • Grow and diversify the perinatal workforce to ensure every mom in America receives maternity care and support from people they can trust.
  • Improve data collection processes and quality measures to better understand the causes of the maternal health crisis in the United States and inform solutions to address it.
  • Invest in programs to expand access to treatments and support for maternal mental health conditions and substance use disorders.
  • Improve maternal health care and support for incarcerated moms.
  • Invest in digital tools like telehealth to improve maternal health outcomes in underserved areas.
  • Promote innovative payment models to incentivize high-quality maternity care and continuity of health insurance coverage from pregnancy through labor and delivery and up to 1 year postpartum.
  • Strengthen programs to improve maternal health during COVID-19 and future public health emergencies.
  • Invest in community-based initiatives to reduce levels of and exposure to climate change-related risks for moms and babies.
  •  Promote maternal vaccinations to protect the health and safety of moms and babies.

You learn about the introduction of this legislation here and view the current list of senate co-sponsors here.