Jewish Healthcare Foundation News
WHAMglobal gears up for more activism with March For Moms
March For Moms Association, now in its third year, is a growing, multi-stakeholder coalition to improve the wellbeing of mothers in the United States and reduce maternal mortality. The coalition convenes national stakeholders to speak with a common voice, urging policymakers and other leaders to reduce maternal mortality and bad pregnancy outcomes. March For Moms recently on-boarded their first executive director, Katie Barrett. Barrett joins March For Moms from the Massachusetts Health Policy Commission, where she served as policy director for care delivery transformation and strategy.
WHAMglobal has been a partner of March For Moms since 2016. JFH CEO Karen Wolk Feinstein is a member of the board of directors. WHAMglobal has hosted regional events, including 2018's March For Moms in conjunction with the Pittsburgh Marathon and 2019's Birthing a Movement: An Evening of Art & Activism. WHAMglobal is dedicated to helping March For Moms build out their regional strategy as they expand into other states.
The 2019 National March For Moms in Washington, D.C. was a watershed moment for a growing movement. Members of this coalition kept maternal mortality in the public eye, generated unprecedented media attention, and celebrated successful passage of federal maternal mortality legislation (propelled by over 10,000 letters submitted through the March For Moms website). The emergence of multiple Presidential candidates, who have made fighting inequities around maternal mortality pillars of their platforms, suggests March For Mom's reach. JHF Women's Health Specialist Kate Dickerson attended the organization's board retreat in Boston last month and shared ideas about the strategic direction of the organization
The next March For Moms is May 3, 2020. Join us there!