New committee to address disproportionate maternal mortality among African-American women in DC

– Joining nearly 30 other jurisdictions, including Maryland and Virginia, a new Maternal Mortality Review Committee has been created to address the disproportionate death rates of African-American women in the District. The committee is made up of various maternal health experts and was formed after several years of calls to study the deaths of pregnant women and new mothers in DC. (WAMU, 4/12)

With rates double that of the nation’s, Washington is home to a decades-long maternal mortality crisis. Nearly 75 percent of District mothers who died of complications from pregnancy, labor and childbirth between 2014 and 2016 were African American. Nationally, black women are three to four times more likely to die than white women. According to the CDC, nationally, from 2011 to 2013, black women experienced roughly 43.5 deaths per 100,000 live births on average, compared to 12.7 deaths for white mothers. One reason for the disparity, says Ebony Marcelle, Director of midwifery at Community of Hope’s Family Health and Birth Center, is that the health risks associated with childbirth are coupled with racial bias in the medical field. Black women, she says, are often dismissed or ignored by health care providers.

COMMUNITY | Crystal Carr Townsend, President of the Healthcare Initiative Foundation, WRAG Board Member, and member of WRAG’s Healthy Communities Working Group, is profiled in Bethesda Magazine. The piece highlights HIF’s work in Germantown to build a collaborative approach to ensuring that low-income families have critical health and wellness services. (Bethesda Magazine, 4/8)

EQUITY | Banks in DC are increasingly concentrated in affluent neighborhoods, while other areas that could benefit from more banking options are still underserved by financial institutions. (WAMU, 4/10)

– A new bill in the DC Council would require the creation of more affordable housing when quasi-governmental agencies sell or redevelop their own properties. (WBJ, 4/10)

RACE/EDUCATION | Georgetown Students Vote On Proposal To Make Amends For University’s Slaveholding Past (WAMU, 4/11)

EDUCATION/SAFETY | Pre-K and elementary students are learning safety skills on their new kid-sized roadway at Thomas Elementary School in Northeast DC. (WAMU, 4/1)

– How and why funders can invest more in the pro-immigrant movement. (NCRP, 4/11)

–  This Is What A Philanthropist Looks Like (Refinery29, 4/9)

Social Sector Job Openings 

Director of Institutional Writing and Strategy​ | ​League of Conservation Voters Education Fund – New!
Director of Development​ | ​Washington Tennis & Education Foundation – New!
Director of Operations​ | ​Washington Tennis & Education Foundation – New!
Development Director​ | ​Greater DC Diaper Bank
Program & Marketing Coordinator​ | ​ACT for Alexandria
Grants Manager, Data and Reporting​ | ​The Colorado Health Organization
Director, Flamboyan Arts Fund​ | ​Flamboyan Foundation
Membership Director​ | ​Council on Foundations
Development Director​ | ​Council on Foundations
Communications Director​ |​ Council on Foundations
Learning Engagement Manager​ | ​ Council on Foundations
Racial Justice Program Officer​ | ​Wellspring Philanthropic Fund
Program Officer​ | ​The Morris & Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation
Program Coordinator | TGR Foundation – A Tiger Woods Charity
Individual Giving Manager | Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company
President and CEO | Grantmakers for Effective Organizations
Grants Program Specialist | Jack and Jill Foundation
Director of Development Partnerships – New England | League of Conservation Voters
Senior Program Officer | Potomac Health Foundation
Program Manager | DC127
Development Manager  | DC127
Corporate Responsibility- Mid-Atlantic Region, Vice President | JPMorgan Chase
Programs Officer | DC Bar Foundation

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