In this episode, my guests are two remarkable individuals who are deeply committed to revolutionizing the landscape of maternal health: Dr. Linda Henderson – Smith, President, and Founder of ATC Consulting, a powerhouse of expertise in trauma, equity, and behavioral health, and Naomi Clemmons, Maternal Child Health Sr. Technical Advisor, whose insights into maternal health have helped shape strategies and initiatives for transformation.
Our conversation navigates through a tapestry of topics that demand our attention:
Understanding Disparities: We begin by diving into the state of Black maternal health, deciphering statistics, and facing the disparities head-on. The urgency to address these challenges becomes vivid through the personal stories shared.
Countering Bias: Our experts unravel the complexities of bias in medical professionalism and the ways it permeates maternal care. Solutions to counteract these biases take center stage, offering a glimmer of hope. Trauma-Informed Care: Dr. Henderson – Smith leads us through the concept of trauma-informed care in maternal child health, spotlighting its vital role in understanding and catering to the unique needs of Black mothers.
Community Empowerment: Naomi helps us explore grassroots efforts and community-based initiatives that are sowing the seeds of change for Black maternal health. The multi-sector approach is proving to be a force for transformation.
Collaborations for Change: Success stories of collaborations that drive positive change in maternal health shine a light on what's possible when we come together with a shared vision.
Steps for Advocacy: Practical steps for individual advocacy, raising awareness, and fostering change become a call to action for all listeners.
Policy and Systems Change: Delving into the realm of policy reform, we explore the changes necessary to address racial disparities in maternal health, touching upon education, awareness, and political determinants of health.
Healing in Relationships: We navigate the importance of healing within relationships, acknowledging the profound impact of social and community bonds on maternal health.
Join us as we unravel the web of Black maternal health, armed with knowledge, compassion, and a collective determination to bridge the gaps and elevate care. This episode isn't just a conversation; it's a roadmap to empowerment, equity, and lasting change.