April Recognizes Maternal and Child Well-Being With Events and Resources

Maternal Death Among U.S. Black Women

April 11-17. Black Maternal Health Week overlaps with National Minority Health Month and the International Day for Maternal Health and Rights. To mark this important issue, PRB has released a fact sheet, in partnership with Dr. Shalon’s Maternal Action Project and TANK Worldwide, highlighting Black-white disparities in maternal death and severe childbirth complications. Among the findings are that U.S. Black women are over three times more likely to die in pregnancy or postpartum than white women. Ending Black maternal mortality in the United States, researchers say, involves addressing structural racism. Watch the video.

Protecting Black Children’s Health Through Community-Led Healing

April 12 at 12:00 p.m. PT. In honor of Black Maternal Health Week, the Children’s Partnership will host a conversation in which leaders from the California Black Health Network, California Black Women’s Health Project, and UCSF California Preterm Birth Initiative will discuss the health and well-being of Black children, systemic inequities and challenges Black children continue to face, data that support the work of transforming outcomes for Black children and youth, protective factors, and community-led healing strategies.

Getting Real About Data and Disproportionality

April 12, from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. PT. April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month, and the California Office of Child Abuse Prevention is hosting a four-part professional webinar series, “Shifting From Mandated Reporting to Community Supporting” [PDF]. In the April 12 session, experts from the California Child Welfare Indicators Project and Chapin Hall will look at racial disproportionality in child welfare involvement in California and the economic conditions that bring many families into the system, often unnecessarily.

For more on the links between family financial security and reports of child maltreatment, see PRB’s “Anti-Poverty Tax Credits Linked to Declines in Reports of Child Neglect, Youth Violence, and Juvenile Convictions.”

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