On May 6, thousands of people packed neighborhoods for the 2018 Pittsburgh Marathon. May 6 also happened to be the date of March for Moms, a national campaign that rallied people from across the U.S. to demand higher-quality maternity care.
To capitalize on the already-packed streets, the Women’s Health Activist Movement Global (WHAMglobal), JHF’s newest supporting organization, arranged for Pittsburgh to become a sister city for March for Moms. The WHAMglobal team recruited community partners from across the region, and together they formed cheer teams along the route of the Pittsburgh Marathon. In Bloomfield, Homewood, Walnut Street, and the West End, WHAMglobal cheer teams educated the public about the country’s unacceptably high—and rising—maternal mortality rate, and the challenges that women face in receiving quality maternal care.
The WHAMglobal team thanks the many community partners who stepped forward to March for Moms, including Allegheny Health Network’s Center for Inclusion Health, Healthy Start, the Jewish Women’s Foundation of Greater Pittsburgh, the Latino Community Center, Magee-Womens Research Institute, The Midwife Center, the National Council of Jewish Women Pittsburgh, Planned Parenthood of Western Pennsylvania, Repair the World Pittsburgh, the Squirrel Hill Health Center, and Women for a Healthy Environment.
On May 12, the WHAMglobal team returned to Homewood to spread awareness about maternal health during the Refugee and Immigrant Health and Wellness Fair.