Equity in Health for Black Women & Latinas in California

Equity in Health for Black Women & Latinas in California

"Black Women Organized for Political Action (BWOPA) is proud to partner once again with Hispanas Organized for Political Equality (HOPE) to launch a transformative 3-year initiative focusing on 'Equity in Health for Black Women and Latinas in California.' As of January 2024, the project aims to illuminate the maternal health challenges faced by Latinas and Black women and to address the obstacles they encounter in entering the healthcare workforce. By exploring the nuances of maternal health and the healthcare workforce within these communities, the initiative will identify existing disparities, assess the impact of the pandemic on maternal health, and propose targeted policy solutions. This project is generously supported by a grant from Kaiser Permanente Northern California Community Benefit Programs."

Interested in partnering, please email [email protected].  



Help Support Healthy Pregnancies, Thriving Families & Reproductive Justice 

The last few years have been immensely challenging for communities around the world—in some cases, setting back public health gains by years or decades. Yet even before the onset of COVID-19, the U.S. saw alarming increases in maternal mortality and threats to reproductive health. SisterSong defines Reproductive Justice as the human right to maintain personal bodily autonomy, have children, not have children, and parent the children we have in safe and sustainable communities. We've experienced an erosion of these rights across the country. Women of color are twice as likely to die during pregnancy than white women, and Black women are at greatest risk: in 2022, Black women were three times more likely to die from a pregnancy-related cause than their white counterparts. Restrictions on life-saving reproductive healthcare are putting the lives of women and girls in danger.


Solano HEALs | Healthy Equity for African American Women and Children

Solano HEALs Health EquitySolano HEALs works to promote equity in healthy births for Black babies and their families in Solano County and believe ALL Black mothers, babies and families thrive through empowerment and being well-informed in their community, family, and personal health outcomes.

Since 2017, Solano HEALs has identified and brainstormed strategies and activities to impact the disproportionate rates of infant mortality, prematurity, and low birth weight among African American/Black babies in Solano County, located 60 miles north of San Francisco.  Through a series of monthly community discussions spanning over a year, Solano HEALS has narrowed down its strategies to the following: Mental Health Services for African American/Black women of reproductive age, group prenatal care and racial equity training for medical and dental providers.