Social determinants of health such as racism and discrimination continues to have an everlasting impact on people’s quality of life and overall wellbeing. For African American mothers and infants, racial inequities persist leading to an infant and maternal mortality rate that is two to three times higher than whites. Racial inequities must be exposed and addressed head on through community collaboration and multi-sector data sharing.
On Wednesday, April 21, 2021, from 12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. CST, All In showcased the work of Dr. Meredith Shockley-Smith, Director of Equity and Community Strategies at Cradle Cincinnati, Queens Village and Brittney Mosley, Community Health Director at the Mississippi State Department of Health who shared how building community capacity leads to racial health equity. Ninma Fearon, Senior Associate with the Health Impact Project at The Pew Charitable Trusts, an All In partner moderated the conversation.
Speakers highlighted how they work in their respective communities to: strengthen engagement and shift power to Black women, leverage data to present urgency to the issue and hold institutions accountable, and use storytelling to drive policy change, in an effort to reduce racial disparities in maternal and infant health outcomes.
By participating in this webinar, attendees learned ideas to:
- Collaborate with others to form lasting partnerships and sustainable networks
- Show vulnerability and trust through storytelling
- Share power and allow members of the community to drive the decision-making process
- Leverage multi-sector data to drive policy and systems change