Briefing on Racial Disparities in Maternal Health Outcome

On November 13, 2020, at 10:00 a.m. Eastern Time, the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights will hold a virtual briefing to examine the federal role in addressing racial disparities in maternal health outcomes, including negative pregnancy-related health outcomes and pregnancy-related deaths of women in the United States. I hope you’ll join us for the briefing, which will be livestreamed on its YouTube channel.

The Commission will hear from subject matter experts such as government officials, academics, healthcare providers, advocates, and impacted persons. The full schedule is below.

Racial Disparities in Maternal Health – November 13, 2020

Expert Panels: 10:00 am – 1:30 pm (all times Eastern Time)

Hearing will be livestreamed on the USCCR YouTube channel (, and the video of the briefing will be also be available here for viewing after the livestream.

Introductory Remarks: Chair Catherine E. Lhamon: 10:00 – 10:05 am

Panel 1: Policy and Legislation: 10:05 – 11:05 am

U.S. Representative Ayanna Pressley (MA-07)
Jennifer E. Moore, Ph.D., R.N., F.A.A.N. – Founding Executive Director, Institute for Medicaid Innovation
Shanna Cox – Associate Director for Science, Division of Reproductive Health, Center for Disease Control and Prevention
Shannon Dowler, M.D. – Chief Medical Officer, North Carolina Medicaid

Break: 11:05 – 11:15 am

Panel 2: Service Providers/Private Organizations: 11:15 am – 12:15 pm

Angela Doyinsola Aina, M.P.H. – Co-Founding Executive Director, Black Mamas Matter Alliance
Joia Adele Crear-Perry, M.D., F.A.C.O.G. – Founder and President, National Birth Equity Collaborative
Taraneh Shirazian, M.D., F.A.C.O.G. – President and Medical Director, Saving Mothers; Associate Professor of OBGYN, Director of Global Women’s Health, NYU Langone Health
Mauricio Leone, M.P.A. – Chief Operating Officer and Senior Director, Obria Group

Break: 12:15 – 12:25 pm

Panel 3: Lived Experience: 12:25 – 1:25 pm

Chanel Porchia-Albert – Board Member, March for Moms; Founder, Ancient Song Doula Services
Nan Strauss – Managing Director, Policy, Advocacy & Grantmaking, Every Mother Counts
Jennifer Jacoby – Federal Policy Counsel, U.S. Policy and Advocacy Program, Center for Reproductive Rights
Nicolle L. Gonzales, B.S.N., R.N., M.S.N., C.N.M. – Executive Director and Founder, Changing Women Initiative

Closing Remarks: Chair Catherine E. Lhamon: 1:25 – 1:30 pm

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