NNLM Black Maternal Health Week 2023
Join NNLM as we commemorate Black Maternal Health Week from April 11-17th. The Black Maternal Health Webinar Series from NNLM features presentations and discussions from expert guest speakers and NNLM staff. The presentations will enable librarians and community members to learn more about the past, present and future of Black Maternal Health in America.
- History of Black Maternal Health Lecture, Simulcast & Live Discussion with Dr. Deirdre Cooper Owens
- Exploring the Maternal Experience Survey: Addressing Racism and Informing New Models of Maternal Care to Promote Health Equity with Dr. Lisa Gittens-Williams
- Panel Discussion: Current Issues in Black Maternal Health with:
- Dr. Kyrah Brown, Director of the Maternity and Child Health Equity Lab at The University of Texas at Arlington
- Charnell Covert, Doctoral Candidate, College of Arts and Sciences (Pan-African studies, focus Women, Gender, Sexuality) at the University of Louisville & Adjunct Faculty, College of Liberal Arts (Women and Gender Studies/Black Studies) at Towson State University
- Gabriella Nelson, Associate Director of Policy for Maternity Care Coalition
- Journal Discussion of Environmental Factors Involved in Maternal Morbidity and Mortality (Will not be recorded)
April NNLM Reading Club: Black Maternal Health
Black women are more than three times as likely to die from pregnancy-related complications as white women, regardless of their income or education. This health disparity is why Black Maternal Health Week is an annual national health observance from April 11 to April 17. Since NNLM aims to advance the progress of medicine and improve public health, the NNLM Reading Club highlights books about Black Maternal Health during April. This year we highlight our previous book selections about Black Maternal Health, along with three new, exciting additions:
- Medical Bondage: Race Gender and the Origins of American Gynecology by Dr. Deirdre Cooper Owens
- Pregnant While Black: Advancing Justice for Maternal Health in America by Dr. Monique Rainford
- Under the Skin: The Hidden Toll of Racism on American Lives and on the Health of Our Nation by Linda Villarosa
Data meets Diversity: The All of Us Research Program
The National Institutes of Health's All of Us Research Program is an ambitious effort to gather health data from one million or more people living in the United States to accelerate research that may improve health. The All of Us Research Programs aims to make a difference by reflecting the rich diversity of America and viewing participants as partners in learning more about what makes us healthy and sick. Researchers will use the data to learn how our biology, lifestyle, and environment affect health.
Learn how researchers are using data to better understand inequalities in reproductive health. Discover more research projects that are using All of Us Research Program data to address Black maternal health disparities.
Curing Diabetes: The Human Trial Panel Discussion
Tuesday’s panel discussion coinciding with our month-long screening of The Human Trial is now available to watch on YouTube at your convenience.
- Lisa Hepner, Director/Writer of The Human Trial, whose own Type 1 Diabetes (T1D) diagnosis fuels her search for a cure.
- Dr. Olveen Carrasquillo, Professor of Medicine and Public Health Sciences and Associate Dean for Clinical and Translational Research, Co-Director of the Clinical and Translational Science Institute at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine
- Kristy Birchard, Director of Canary Advisors who shares her own experiences with T1D as a patient, a patient advocate, educator and decentralized clinical trial professional
- and Moderator: Karl Cooper, the Director of Public Health Programs at the American Association on Health and Disability (AAHD)
There’s still time to share this documentary with your community. Interested participants can register to watch on-demand at https://bit.ly/human-trial with invitation code THT-NNLM until April 28, 2023.
Host your own screening at your library or organization - learn more here.
Visit the All of Us Journey
Come aboard this traveling educational exhibit to learn how you can help shape the future of health for yourself, your family, your community, and generations to come.
The Journey features interactive activities, videos, games, quizzes, and more—all designed to demonstrate the power of your participation in health research. You can even enroll in the All of Us Research Program during your visit.
You can visit the All of Us Journey at the following locations and dates:
- April 12: The Village at Ed Gould Plaza - Los Angeles LGBT Center 1125 N McCadden Place Los Angeles, CA 90038; 9AM-3PM
- April 13-14: MAOF Main Office 401 N Garfield Ave Montebello, CA 90640; 8AM-4:30PM
- April 14-21: Winston-Salem State University 601 S Martin Luther King Jr Dr Winston-Salem, NC 27110; 10AM-4PM
- April 15: MAOF HeadStart Health Fair 2650 Zoe Ave Huntington Park, CA 90255; 8AM-4:30PM
- April 16: Barnes Park 350 S McPherrin Ave Monterey Park, CA 91754; 11AM-6PM
- April 17-20: Coahoma Community College 3240 Friars Point Clarksdale, MS 38614; 10AM-4PM
- May 30-June 2: George Mason University 4400 University Dr Fairfax, VA 22030; 10AM-4PM
Keep up to date with all NNLM All of Us Program Center Digests and Special Bulletins. Newsletters are published bimonthly. View the complete issue listing for content that you may have initially missed.