MSM to Host Georgia Reproductive and Maternal Health Justice Summit on September 6
National and statewide organizations to focus on fertility and reproductive health
including high maternal mortality rates for women of color.
ATLANTA, GA – SEPTEMBER 5, 2023 – Morehouse School of Medicine (MSM) will host the Georgia Reproductive and Maternal Health Justice Summit on Wednesday, September 6, bringing together national and statewide organizations focused on fertility and reproductive health issues, including those that have led to high maternal mortality rates for women of color. Discussions will also be held on state and federal legislation that impact access to health care.
The event will take place from 5:30 p.m.-8 p.m. ET in a hybrid format for in-person guests at the MSM National Center for Primary Care, watch parties in Atlanta, Augusta, and Columbia County, Georgia, and online participants. Click here to register.
Morehouse School of Medicine is home to the Center for Maternal Health Equity, which is led by Executive Director Natalie D. Hernandez-Green, PhD, MPH. The center's mission is to pursue equity in maternal health by reducing maternal morbidity and mortality locally, nationally, and globally by building and strengthening community-academic partnerships, developing a competitive translational research program, and offering interdisciplinary and professional training.
"The Center for Maternal Health Equity works closely with the individuals and communities who are most affected by the current crisis in maternal health, especially in Georgia, which has one of the highest rates of maternal mortality in the United States," Hernandez-Green said. "Black women in Georgia are more than twice as likely to suffer pregnancy complications – including death – compared to their white counterparts. We must take a collaborative, multipronged approach as we work together to eliminate these disparities and force a healthier future for all pregnant and postpartum pregnant people, especially people of color."
Partner organizations for the summit include the National Association of Nurse Practitioners in Women’s Health; Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. (Mu Pi Chapter and Alpha Alpha Epsilon Omega Chapter); Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. (Eta Kappa Chapter); Jack and Jill of America, Inc. (Southeastern Region); the Links, Inc. (Atlanta Chapter and Augusta Chapter); the Tinina Q. Cade Foundation; BabyFever; the Broken Brown Egg; the Doctor's Womb; and Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. (Alpha Rho Chapter).
To learn more about the MSM Center for Maternal Health Equity, please visit CenterforMaternalHealthEquity.org.
For more information about Morehouse School of Medicine, please visit MSM.edu.
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