2018 wrapped up with the All for One summit on December 4th, 2018, which brought together different women of color health activists to share their passion with the audience. WHAMglobal, as a partner in the field of promoting maternal and child health, had the opportunity of participating in this summit.
2018 has been an incredible year for the Women’s Health Activist Movement (WHAMglobal). Thank you for being a part of the movement!
Throughout 2018, a number of strides were made to improve maternal health in the United States and Pennsylvania. This blog outlines some of the key legislative victories of the year.
In response to our nation’s troubling maternal and child health outcomes, JHF and its supporting organizations are working to re-imagine and redesign the birth experience—from care delivery improvements to payment reform, and from consumer advocacy to policy change. In December, JHF participated in two important conferences at the Kaiser Center for Total Health in Washington D.C., that sought to align partners around creating a higher standard of care for mothers and babies.
On November 16, maternal and perinatal health leaders and experts from across the state gathered in Harrisburg for the first advisory meeting for Pennsylvania’s newly formed Perinatal Quality Collaborative (PQC). Over 60 stakeholders joined the meeting both in-person and virtually.
The WHAMglobal team is excited to share the highlights and lessons learned from the Maternal Leaders Symposium on October 8.
On October 8, the Women’s Health Activist Movement Global (WHAMglobal), a supporting organization of the Jewish Healthcare Foundation (JHF), hosted a Maternal Health Leaders Symposium at the Westin Convention Center in Downtown Pittsburgh. Nearly 130 local, national, and international leaders gathered to identify cutting-edge research and evidence-based programs that address the causes and conditions related to maternal and infant mortality, and identify action strategies.
On October 24, WHAMglobal Founder Dr. Karen Wolk Feinstein, PhD, was featured in a Q&A with Kidsburgh. Kidsburgh is described as the "go-to online resource focusing on the people and ideas making Pittsburgh a better place to raise kids."
More American women are dying of pregnancy-related complications in the U.S. than any other developed country. The rate of women who die during or after childbirth has been rising here in spite of a global downward trend elsewhere. From 2011 to 2015, more than 4,000 maternal deaths occurred in the U.S. I asked Dr. Liz Erekson, who is our interim chair of Obstetrics and Gynecology, to help shed some light on this topic.
The welcoming Pittsburgh Initiative was launched by Major William Peduto in 2014 as a city’s commitment to ensure that Pittsburgh is a more livable city for all including internationals, Immigrants, and Refugees.
On Thursday, September 27, the WHAMglobal team attended a luncheon hosted by the Women and Girls Foundation (WGF) for a policy briefing on women’s issues in Pennsylvania.
The Henry L. Hillman Foundation approved a $120,000 grant to the Pittsburgh Regional Health Initiative (PRHI) to help establish the Maternal Coalition and Action Network (MOMsCAN). MOMsCAN is a perinatal quality collaborative (PQC) that will build a statewide, multi-stakeholder coalition and use research, training, quality improvement, technical assistance, and policy/advocacy to lower maternal mortality rates in Pennsylvania and achieve excellent attachment and outcomes for mothers and babies.
This fall, join the Salk Health Activist Fellowship and learn how to build a movement, including how to: form an action group, advocate effectively, plan winning strategies, and build a case for action.
On July 19-20, the Women of Impact gathered for an annual meeting that was held at the headquarters of AcademyHealth in Washington, D.C. During the meeting, the Women of Impact welcomed new members, explored their personal and professional legacies, and devised strategies to advance gender equity, diversity, and inclusion in health care.