WHAMglobal Releases Maternal Health Policy Guide
The Women's Health Activist Movement Global (WHAMglobal), an operating arm of the Jewish Healthcare Foundation, has developed a maternal health policy guide to the Black Maternal Health Momnibus Act of 2021 and its implications for the Pittsburgh region. In February 2021, Representative Lauren Underwood, Senator Cory Booker, and the Black Maternal Health Caucus introduced the Momnibus, a comprehensive package of federal legislation aimed to address the Black maternal health crisis in America. WHAMglobal's guide analyzes bills within the legislation and details the localized impact it could bring to actualize maternal health justice in Allegheny County.
Across the country and in Allegheny County, Black women and birthing people are dying three times higher than white women, regardless of educational or economic differences. It is not race or a lack of perinatal care that accounts for this crisis, but rather, the intersectionality of racism and sexism faced across the lifespan. The bills of the Momnibus aim to correct these issues and support better maternal health outcomes for Black birthing people. The Momnibus intends to make critical investments in areas including social determinants of health, community-based organizations, expanding the perinatal workforce, incarcerated mothers, data collection, and effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The WHAMglobal guide to the Momnibus will support the Maternity Full Court Press Team as they explore policy levers to improve maternal health outcomes. The guide is available here.