What Can We Do to Combat the Maternal Mortality Crisis Affecting Black Women in America?

Alarmingly, maternal mortality rates for women living in the U.S. are the highest in the developed world with stark racial disparities. Black women specifically have the highest maternal mortality rate in the U.S. and are nearly four times more likely to die from pregnancy-related causes compared to White women.

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Why Does HIV Impact African American Women Harder Than Everyone Else and What Can You Do to Help?

By Leo Rennie, MPA (Senior Legislative & Federal Affairs Officer, APA Public Interest) February 7th marked the annual observance of National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. The day is an opportunity to raise awareness about HIV and AIDS and to promote HIV testing in the Black community.  Sadly, 35 years into the HIV epidemic the need […]

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Black (Women’s?) Lives Matter: Microaggression and the Erasure of Violence Against Women of Color

This is part of our ongoing series of blog posts about race, racism and law enforcement in communities of color. By LisaLyn Jacobs, JD (Vice President for Government Relations, Legal Momentum) On a recent December Saturday, I hurried from the Metro train with my 6 year-old son trailing behind. We were joining friends and colleagues at the Justice […]

When Our Sisters Are Hurting…

By Alfiee Breland-Noble, PhD, MHSc (Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Georgetown University Medical Center) Karyn Washington’s unfortunate and untimely passing offers an opportunity for us to reflect on African American women, depression and suicide. In early April 2014, Ms. Karyn Washington took her life after what appears to be a long standing battle with depression. This […]