Perinatal Health Equity Champions Program Kicks Off

A kickoff session was held June 14 for the new Perinatal Health Equity Champions Program, a year-long engagement model designed to build capacity in the birthing workforce to help address racial disparities and improve maternal health care in the Pittsburgh region. The cohort includes 14 Champions from 10 different organizations including doulas, a...

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Health Careers Futures and WHAMglobal Boards Examine Maternal & Child Health Initiatives During Joint Meeting

On June 22, the Health Careers Futures (HCF) and WHAMglobal boards convened in a joint meeting to discuss the evolution, impact, and future of the Pennsylvania Perinatal Quality Collaborative (PA PQC) and related maternal health efforts. Debra L. Caplan, MPA, chair of WHAMglobal and Jewish Healthcare Foundation (JHF) boards, and Patricia L. Siger, ...

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Birthing a Movement Celebrates Birth Workers at Three Rivers Arts Festival

WHAMglobal's Birthing a Movement multi-day event and exhibit at the Three Rivers Arts Festival received a great reception over the first weekend of June. Birthing a Movement included commissioned artwork, interactive artwork, local birthworkers discussing their work, and Anthropology of Motherhood's "Culture of Care Exhibit," a combination showcasi...

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Birthing A Movement exhibit at the 2022 Three Rivers Arts Festival

You are invited to join us at this year's Birthing A Movement event uplifting and celebrating the maternal health workforce at the 2022 Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival. In partnership with Anthropology of Motherhood (AoM), WHAMglobal will host Birthing A Movement at AoM's Culture of Care Exhibit from June 3-12 at 100 7th Street, Pittsbu...

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Pittsburgh: A Safer Childbirth City Partners Organize Maternal Health Training and Education Programs

 This is the first article in a series featuring the Pittsburgh: A Safer Childbirth City partners. As part of Merck for Mothers' network of 20 Safer Childbirth Cities across the U.S., Pittsburgh: A Safer Childbirth City aims to reduce racial/ethnic disparities in maternal mortality and morbidity rates across the city. Safer Childbirth Cities g...

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Perinatal Health Equity Champions Program Applications Available

The Perinatal Health Equity Champions Program is designed to build workforce capacity to help address racial disparities and improve maternal health care in the Pittsburgh region. This year-long program provides the opportunity to bring together community and hospital-based birth workers for maternal care quality improvement initiatives to address ...

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WHAMglobal Holds First Meeting of Pittsburgh: A Safer Childbirth City and Community Fund Partners

The Pittsburgh: A Safer Childbirth City partners met with the Community Fund partners for the first time in February, to discuss their collective work in promoting maternal health. The Women's Health Activist Movement Global (WHAMglobal) facilitated the meeting to provide a space and opportunity for the Pittsburgh-based organizations to share knowl...

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WHAMglobal Board Discusses Human Trafficking as a Public Health Issue

On February 21, the Women's Health Activist Movement Global (WHAMglobal) Board met to discuss human trafficking and how it affects women in a few international contexts. Guest speakers presented varying approaches to addressing the women's health impacts that stem from human trafficking from around the world. Jewish Healthcare Foundation President ...

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Pennsylvania Perinatal Quality Collaborative Celebrates 2021 Successes, Discusses Future Priorities

On December 15, the Pennsylvania Perinatal Quality Collaborative (PA PQC) convened for a virtual learning session focused on the PA PQC's 2021 successes and upcoming 2022 initiatives, which will include a focus on substance use. The collaborative, consisting of 60 birth sites and neonatal intensive care units and 14 health plans across the Commonwe...

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JHF Guides PA Doula Commission to Launch as Nonprofit

 The PA Doula Commission is pleased to announce its official launch as a nonprofit organization! The mission of The PA Doula Commission is to promote equitable access to doula services through workforce development for the doula profession while facilitating childbirth with dignity, improving perinatal health outcomes, and eliminating barriers...

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