Centering Voices of Black-led Organizations is Crucial to the Health and Well-being of Our Communities


The unacceptably high maternal and infant mortality rates for black women and black babies in the St. Louis region demand a concerted effort for change. We know that culturally appropriate, patient-centered care is important if we are to address the racial and health disparities that women and families of color face when seeking access to quality maternal and reproductive care. As an organization committed to catalyzing change toward a better Missouri in which disparities in health and well-being disappear, we value and appreciate the work of black-led organizations that share that same commitment and vision. We believe that collaboration and partnership are critical in order to sustain efforts and promote long-term impact. However, that collaboration and partnership must respect the expertise and perspectives that black-led organizations bring to the table when designing services and in their ability to provide those services for their own communities.