WHAMglobal Hosts its First Regional Advisory to Advance Maternal Care Policy and Practice
On April 5, the Women's Health Activist Movement Global (WHAMglobal) hosted the first-ever meeting of its Regional Advisory Committee—a collection of leading experts and advocates in women's health who will help shape strategies and focus policy initiatives for JHF's newest supporting organization.
The WHAMglobal Regional Advisory Committee features leaders with backgrounds in maternal care, research, policy, workforce development, communications, public health, and community activism.
The first WHAMglobal Regional Advisory Committee meeting featured a collage of women's health advocacy posters and signs, which were previously deployed at WHAMglobal events, women's marches, and other community rallies.
WHAMglobal, launched in 2017, is committed to identifying the root causes of maternal mortality and supporting mothers and families through the entirety of their care. WHAMglobal is focused on learning best practices from the Pittsburgh region and other states, and on studying global models of maternity care. Debra L. Caplan, MPA, is chair of WHAMglobal.
The WHAMglobal Regional Advisory Committee features leaders with backgrounds in maternal care, research, policy, workforce development, communications, public health, and community activism. The committee will collaborate with WHAMglobal and WHAMglobal partners to advance a statewide policy agenda, which includes establishing a maternal mortality review committee and increasing career opportunities for doulas and midwives.
The committee will also help to develop a maternity care bundled payment model, and provide input on a doula/midwife Champions program. JHF has previously held Champions programs to advance the education, training, and career development of community health workers, medical assistants, nurses, pharmacists, EMS professionals, and physicians.