Equity in Health for Black Women & Latinas in California

Equity in Health for Black Women & Latinas in California

Made possible by a grant from Kaiser Permanente, Black Women Organized for Political Action (BWOPA) will once again partner with Hispanas Organized for Political Equality (HOPE) to expand its work in examining "Equity in Health for Black Women and Latinas in California".  In 2024, we will launch a 3-year project to increase the exposure of the maternal health challenges Latinas and Black women face and the barriers that exist to entering the healthcare workforce. By understanding maternal health and the healthcare workforce as it relates to the respective communities, identify existing inequities and highlight the impact of the pandemic on maternal health. The project will include research and recommended solutions needed in this field.

Interested in partnering, please email [email protected].

 

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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.