Initial External Contributions In Response to Vice President Kamala Harris’s Call to Action to Reduce Maternal Mortality and Morbidity – The White House – DC Initiative on Racial Equity
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On behalf of the Biden-Harris Administration, Vice President Harris is issuing a nationwide Call to Action to both the public and private sectors to help improve health outcomes for parents and infants in the United States. Below are initial external contributions to kick off the White House Maternal Health Day of Action. Read more about the Day of Action here.

(listed alphabetically)

  • The Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) is announcing that they will hold a Maternal Health Incubator on May 24-25. This Incubator will consist of a two-day virtual convening to better understand the data needed to effectively address maternal health inequities. Participants will identify and share evidence-based strategies to decrease racial/ethnic maternal health gaps, and will develop an action plan aimed at eliminating existing inequities through local, state, and federal policies and collaborations.
  • The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) commits to leading the efforts to increase COVID-19 vaccination rates among pregnant individuals, including by, 1) forming a COVID-19 Vaccine Confidence Champion Network comprised of ACOG members that will facilitate peer-to-peer trainings to boost vaccine confidence, 2) launching a COVID-19 Vaccine Confidence training program aimed at increasing clinicians’ capacity to have confident COVID-19 vaccine conversations with all patients, and 3) launching a podcast series in early 2022 aimed at increasing vaccine confidence among pregnant individuals through a mix of clinical recommendations and storytelling.
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield Association (BCBS) is announcing a national partnership with March of Dimes to advance health equity outcomes for moms and babies, titled “Awareness to Action: Dismantling Bias in Maternal and Infant Healthcare.” Through this partnership, BCBS companies will be able to offer March of Dimes’ implicit bias training to providers, nursing and medical students, perinatal quality collaboratives, community organizations and their employees. The program has been initially rolled out in 20 states and will be expanded to additional locations in

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