Creating an equitable landscape for Black birthing persons

Black Girls Break Bread believes that health inequity policy solutions require the need for cross-sector systems change, to create an equitable landscape for Black birthing persons. Equally important, to ensure the re-envisioning of this landscape is comprehensive, feasible and primed for success, the perspective of the community, and those whose lives are at risk must be at the table. Black Girls Break Bread has successfully begun to bridge the gap in various sectors by engaging stakeholders and modeling collaborative efforts around maternal health, with a focus on system change.

We work toward establishing an infrastructure for collaboration and information exchange, and developing a common agenda for increased patient-centered, community-engaged Black Maternal Child Health.

Advocating for policy change

"Breaking Silos & Taking Action" speaker series 

In February 2020, amid an alarming rate of Labor and Delivery units closing, Black Girls Break Bread launched an interprofessional speaker series titled, “Breaking Silos & Taking Action.” This series of panels provided a platform for information exchange addressing Black Maternal Child Health throughout the south side of Chicago and south suburban Cook County.

The series featured speakers throughout the healthcare ecosystem, including Black OB/GYNs and other physicians, Illinois Public Health representatives, Chicagoland Hospital administrators, State of Illinois policymakers, community-based organizations and MCOs.

BGBB has participated in task forces and committees to promote maternal health, including:

State of IL Infant and Maternal Mortality Task Force for African Americans

I-Promote IL Maternal Health Task Force (Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA))

IL Department of Public Health - OB Deserts/Closures Collaboration Group

Chicago Department of Public Health BabyKit for Newborns Project

SOS Collaborative - Black Physicians on the South Side of Chicago

Chicago Collaborative for Maternal Health - EverThrive Illinois and Alliance Chicago

Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCH) of the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Consumer Group

Increasing access and ensuring safety

Masks for Moms

During the COVID-19 pandemic, and prior to comprehensive guidance being released for Labor and Delivery units, BGBB discovered a critical need for protective masks.

In response, “Masks for Moms” was launched in partnership with dozens of state health agencies, research institutions, hospitals and community health centers. BGBB helped to distribute over 22,000 masks to pregnant and postpartum members of the community.

Help us build a brighter future for mothers and babies