Category: News & Press

244 Organizations Sent a Letter In Support of Swiftly Enacting the Historic Maternal Health Investments in the #BuildBackBetter Act

The 244 undersigned organizations, dedicated to the health and well-being of birthing people and their families, write to express our enthusiastic support and appreciation for the maternal health provisions included in the Committee on Energy and Commerce print of the Build Back Better Act. We appreciate the Committee’s demonstrated commitment to addressing our nation’s maternal […]

COVID-19 Vaccination among American Indian and Alaska Native People

With the distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine underway, ensuring equitable and rapid distribution to the U.S. population will be important for mitigating the disproportionate impacts of the pandemic for people of color, preventing widening racial health disparities going forward, and achieving broad population immunity. Reflecting underlying inequities, the COVID-19 pandemic has disproportionately affected American Indian and […]

The Impacts of Climate Change on Alaska Native Maternal Health

Each year, 700 women in the United States die as a result of pregnancy-related complications. In fact, the United States has the highest maternal mortality ratio of all high-income countries—16.7 maternal deaths per 100,000 live births. For Indigenous/Alaskan Native women, that number is even higher: Indigenous/Alaska Natives are 2.3 times more likely to die from pregnancy-related complications than their […]

Black Maternal Health Caucus Co-Chairs Underwood & Adams Celebrate Historic Momnibus Investments Included in Energy & Commerce Committee Build Back Better Markup

The Energy & Commerce Committee advanced critical investments from the Momnibus, including funding to address social determinants of maternal health, grow and diversify the perinatal workforce, and support community-based organizations working to promote maternal health equity Black Maternal Health Caucus Co-Chairs Rep. Lauren Underwood (IL-14) and Rep. Alma Adams (NC-12) applauded the Energy and Commerce Committee for advancing critical investments from […]

Postpartum depression on the rise, especially for women of color, during COVID-19 pandemic

Although the California Department of Public Health has not released figures on the number of women with postpartum depression since 2018, experts say that an increase in calls from women asking for help from local nonprofit organizations, along with lengthening hospital waiting lists, indicate that postpartum depression cases may have increased dramatically over the course […]

Reps. Robin Kelly, Yvette Clarke, Congressional Black Caucus and Congressional Hispanic Caucus Urge Leadership to Permanently Close Medicaid Coverage Gap

Leaders of the CBC and CHC Urge Leadership to Use Economic Recovery Package to Permanently Close the Medicaid Coverage Gap, Bring Affordable Healthcare Coverage to Millions of Americans Congresswoman Robin L. Kelly (D-IL), Chair of the Congressional Black Caucus Health Braintrust, Congresswoman Joyce Beatty (D-OH), Chair of the Congressional Black Caucus, Congressman Raul Ruiz, M.D. […]

A Dual Pandemic: COVID-19 and Sexism

Women have long been relied upon to serve as caretakers, but who is taking care of them? In a period of sustained crisis, women have also shouldered the burdens of child/elder care, widespread employment discrimination, and gender-based violence (GBV). As we continue to respond to the pandemic, women cannot be left behind. They need to […]

Senate Bill a Big Win for Health Workers around the Globe

Even as the world is struggling to address COVID-19, we must plan and prepare for future pandemics. In fact, a recent estimate shows that the probability of a future zoonotic spillover event resulting in a pandemic of COVID-19 magnitude or larger is high: a 22-28% chance within the next ten years.  With this risk in mind, the […]