Black Maternal Health Equity
Fund II Foundation is advancing Black Maternal Health Equity through community. Together, we utilize our diverse perspectives, resources, and tools to educate, empower and mobilize Black birthing people, families, and birthworkers to accelerate and sustain healthy Black births.
Fund II Foundation is convening cross-sector leaders to advance equity at the individual, community, and systems levels to accelerate and sustain healthy Black births through 6 Black Maternal Health (BMH) Task Groups.
1 – TRANSFORMING MEDICAL EDUCATION
through bi-directional learning and teaching among patients, students, academicians, and clinicians.
2 – ENGAGING PARTNERS & MALES
to increase partners, fathers, and males’ roles in maternal health and birthwork.
3 – ESTABLISH A MATERNAL HEALTH INSTITUTE
to diversify the pipeline, increase access to, and the retention of Black doulas, midwives, and birthworkers.
4 – LAUNCHING AN EDUCATION CAMPAIGN
through digital media to increase awareness of BMH, endometriosis, preeclampsia, and fibroids.
5 – CLARIFYING POLICY INITIATIVES
to stakeholders through resources and dialogue to explain the impact of policies such as Momnibus and MOMMA’s Act.
6 – SERVING VULNERABLE PREGNANT PEOPLE
through maternal health and post-partum resources for Black families and unhoused pregnant people.
Our vision is a world where Black maternal health equity is achieved. To educate, empower and mobilize Black birthing people and families to advance Black maternal health equity through Community.
Educate – Black birthing people and families about Black maternal health, including fibroid, endometriosis, and preeclampsia,to improve health outcomes.
Empower – Black birthing people to share stories and resources to remove barriers to quality maternal care.
Mobilize – on social media and in the community to drive conversation to increase awareness of Black Maternal Health disparities.
We are supporting Black families before, during, and after birth with a focus on U.S. southern communities – home to more than half of the U.S. Black population.
100 VOICES OF HOPE: BLACK BIRTH STORIES
It’s time for new narratives of Hope. Join Black Birthing People, mothers, fathers, partners, family, community members, birthworkers, providers, and policymakers by sharing your story.
“It’s time for us to be seen. It’s time for our stories to be heard. Join us. Shine a light on black birth stories of hope.”
– Bruce McIntyre, Founder, Save A Rose Foundation, Black Maternal Health Equity Steering Committee Member, Fund II Foundation
Send your Black Birth Story of Hope to BMHequity@Fund2Foundation.org and join our community as we advance Black maternal health.
Be apart of the #BMHequity village online @BMHequity @Fund2Foundation.
“Fund II created a liberated zone for birth workers, healthcare professionals, mothers, fathers, entrepreneurs, and activists to listen, learn, and heal.
What was most impactful was the opportunity and space to be vulnerable, put egos and degrees aside, and boldly reimagine our roles to advance reproductive justice.”
– Dr. Kanika Harris, Director of Maternal Health & Child Health, Black Women’s Health Imperative
Fund II Foundation, Black Maternal Health Equity Steering Committee Member
To learn more about Fund II Foundation’s #BMHequity Project, visit BMHequity.org.