April 8, 2024: Proclamation - Black Maternal Health Week


Whereas, despite having one of the most advanced health systems in the world, the United States has the highest pregnancy-related death rate among developed nations; Black pregnant people in America are nearly three times more likely to die from pregnancy-related complications than white pregnant people; and 4 out of every 5 pregnancy-related deaths are considered preventable; and

Whereas, established in 2018, Black Maternal Health Week is a week of awareness, activism, and community-building aimed to amplify the voices of Black pregnant people, bring visibility to Black-led maternal health initiatives, and deepen the national conversation about Black maternal health in the United States; and

Whereas, the City of Pasadena recognizes that structural racism, gender oppression, and inequities in social determinants of health are embedded in many institutions and contribute to unacceptable and preventable disparities in Black maternal health outcomes, and that raised awareness is needed to improve our maternal care systems, quality of life, and Black maternal health outcomes; and

Whereas, the Pasadena Public Health Department is committed to reducing the maternal mortality rate among all pregnant people and to eliminating racial disparities in health outcomes for pregnant people and babies, and by equipping parents, families and community members with resources and information, we can advance the health and well-being of Black pregnant people and families throughout our community; and

Whereas, to ensure every Black parent and baby has a fair and just opportunity to be healthy, the Pasadena Public Health Department’s Black Infant Health program, launched in 1989 as one of the first Black Infant Health programs, provides culturally appropriate, empowerment-focused services and works to support Black pregnant people in receiving the care they need to improve maternal health and social conditions and reduce racial disparities in health outcomes;

Now, Therefore I, Victor M. Gordo, Mayor of the City of Pasadena, on behalf of the City Council do hereby proclaim the week of April 11-17, 2024 in Pasadena as Black Maternal Health Week.

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