Debut of Black Maternal Health Week at USF Health

Debut of Black Maternal Health Week at USF Health

The University of South Florida’s College of Public Health is set to kick off the first Black Maternal Health Week of Tampa Bay. This initiative is aimed at raising awareness and advocating for improved maternal health outcomes within the African American community. The events planned throughout the week include a 5K road race, a fun run, a community block party, a health fair, and various webinars.

The theme for this year’s Black Maternal Health Week is “Our Bodies Belong to Us: Restoring Black Autonomy and Joy!” The goal of this initiative is to address the disparities in maternal care for Black mothers in the U.S. Black Maternal Health Week was originally established by the Black Mamas Matter Alliance in 2018 with the aim of improving maternal health outcomes for Black mothers across the country.

According to the USF College of Public Health, Black mothers in Florida were four times more likely to die from pregnancy-related complications in 2020. The events planned for Black Maternal Health Week of Tampa Bay seek to highlight these disparities and work towards better outcomes for Black mothers and birthing persons. The week kicks off on April 11 and runs through April 17 with a variety of events scheduled throughout the week to celebrate, honor, and recognize the importance of Black mothers in the community.

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