San Diego Chapter of the Links to host Black Maternal Health Community Forum

The Links, Incorporated San Diego Chapter is hosting its first Black Maternal Health Community Forum on Saturday, April 27th at Access Youth Academy (704 Euclid Ave, San Diego, CA 92114) from 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM. For more information and to register, please visit:  Black Maternal Health Community Forum.

The Links, Incorporated launched an initiative, L.A.M.B.S (Links Aiding Moms to Be Strong) in response to a public health crisis. Data from the Centers for Disease Control shows that Black women are two to three times more likely to die from preventable pregnancy-related complications. The heightened risk cannot solely be explained by disparities in access. Systemic, generational, and structural barriers have contributed to this gulf in the healthcare for Black women.

Distinguished presenters are California State Assemblymember, Obstetrician/Gynecologist, and Faculty member at Rady Children’s Hospital, Dr. Akilah Weber and Dr. Audra Meadows, Obstetrician/Gynecologist and Professor and Vice Chair for Culture and Justice in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Science at UC San Diego. Dr. Weber has devoted her career to fighting for the rights of women. She will address how we can leverage our collective political power to support legislation that protects women. Dr. Meadows, a practitioner of comprehensive, compassionate care, will address health systems innovations for birth equity.

The Black Maternal Health Community Forum’s objectives are to:

  • Raise awareness of the issue of disparate maternal healthcare in the Black community.
  • Facilitate communication and self-advocacy for women and their partners during pregnancy and in thepostpartum period.
  • Provide a safe space for families impacted.
  • Begin a constructive dialogue about mobilizing and leveraging community resources.
  • Promote current state and federal bills that have been introduced to improve maternal health outcomes.

This event is designed not just for women of child-bearing age, but for anyone who loves them including their male partners.

There is no cost. Registration using the link on the flyer is preferred, but not required for attendance.

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