Nation’s top policymakers, experts, and advocates on Black Women’s maternal mortality crisis.

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The event, which falls during the fifth anniversary of Black Maternal Health Week (BMHW), will feature a keynote address from Vice President Kamala Harris, along with remarks and panel discussions featuring Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra, Rep. Alma Adams, Rep. Lauren Underwood, Rep. Ayanna Pressley, Sen. Cory Booker, and others.

The BMHW campaign, founded and led by the Black Mamas Matter Alliance, is a week of awareness, activism, and community building intended to deepen the national conversation about Black maternal health in the United States.

Presented by The Century Foundation, Black Mamas Matter Alliance, and National Birth Equity Collaborative, in collaboration with the Black Maternal Health Caucus.

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  • Kamala Harris, vice president of the United States


  • Dr. Jamila Taylor, director of health care reform and senior fellow at The Century Foundation

Introductory Remarks:

  • Congresswoman Alma Adams (NC-12)
  • Congresswoman Lauren Underwood (IL-14)

Panel I:

  • Moderator: Angela Doyinsola Aina, MPH, co-founder and executive director, Black Mamas Matter Alliance
  • Congresswoman Alma Adams (NC-12)
  • Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley (MA-07)

Panel II:

  • Moderator: Dr. Joia Crear-Perry, founder and president, National Birth Equity Collaborative
  • Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ)
  • Congresswoman Lauren Underwood (IL-14)

Closing Remarks:

  • Secretary Xavier Becerra, US Department of Health and Human Services
  • Mark Zuckerman, president, The Century Foundation


Apr 13 2022


1:00 pm - 2:00 pm