On Friday June 4, 2021, Outreach Community Health Centers (OCHC) hosted a Maternal Round Table with U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin at their 210 W. Capitol Drive location. The event included conversation with mothers, public health stakeholders, and community leaders on the need to reverse the trend of rising maternal mortality rates, lose health disparities that put Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) communities and their kids at greater risk of adverse health outcomes, and improved maternal health outcomes in Wisconsin.
In the last 25 years, while pregnancy-related mortality ratios fell 44 percent around the world, the American maternal mortality rate increased: moms are now more likely to die from pregnancy- related causes in the United States than in any other high-income country in the world. The situation is even worse for Black women, who are 3 to 4 times more likely to die from giving birth than their white counterparts.
Pictured at the event are (back row, from left) WI Office of Sen. Baldwin Executive Director Tiffany Henry; OCHC Board Chairman Warner Jackson; Black Child Development Founding Member Wanda Montgomery; OCHC Obstetrician and Gynecologist Dr. Hilary Evans, WERISE Doula Program members Eve Rhodes, Jaymina Hardy and Kiara Schott; African American Breastfeeding Network (AABN) Khola Cooksey; AABN Co-Founder and Executive Director Dalvery Blackwell; Wisconsin State Representative David Bowen; OCHC Director of Marketing Penelope Stewart; (seated front row, from left) United Way of Greater Milwaukee and Waukesha County Vice President Community Impact Nicole Angresano; UW School of Medicine and Public Health Lifecourse Initiative for Healthy Families Collaborative Coach Pat Batemon; US Senator Tammy Baldwin; and The National Coalition for Healthy Black Families, Inc. Tonda Thompson.