In response to the alarming rate at which Black women are dying following childbirth, State Representatives Janine Boyd and Stephanie Howse created the Black Maternal Health Caucus for the state of Ohio. The announcement of this Caucus came during Black Maternal Health Week (April 11-April 17).
Currently, in Ohio, maternal mortality rates for Black women are 2-3 times greater compared to their white counterparts.
It is a priority of the Black Maternal Health Caucus to connect with the community that is most impacted by this health crisis. On May 31, 2019, a group of local experts convened to discuss the goals of the caucus and explore the possible legislative solutions to eliminating the racial disparity in maternal mortality.
Two representatives from MomsFirst, Lauren Bottoms (Epidemiologist) and Megan Walsh (Deputy Project Director) were grateful to be included in the discussion.
More updates to come as the work continues!