Black leaders remind the president of promises
Rep. Joyce Beatty, Chair of the Black Caucus of Congress, told reporters after meeting with Biden that the coronavirus was a central aspect of their conversation. She announced a vaccination campaign, in partnership with the NAACP and the Urban League, aimed at vaccinating residents in black neighborhoods. "Well, are there some people who remember the Tuskegee experiment or Henrietta Lacks? We all remember that here, but you know what? We are all vaccinated here," Beatty said. "We want to dispel this thought of hesitation."
The congresswoman said access to the vaccine was the more pressing issue for the black communities. "It has access to it, it needs more education and awareness, it is transport." She said.
The leaders of the Black Caucus of Congress also used the meeting to advocate for Shalanda Young, acting director of the Office of Administration and Budget, to fill the position permanently and to remind the president of several of his promises to black voters. That includes naming the first black woman as a Supreme Court judge and supporting laws that commission a study of reparations, according to The Washington Post.
The Black Caucus of Congress "s word to Biden "is wrapped up in health care," Beatty told the Post. “It's about closing the wealth gap. It's full of voter rights, civil rights and redress, and we're dealing with housing and environmental injustices, ”she said.
Biden incriminates two Minnesota tragedies
Beatty also went into the police shooting at Brooklyn Center, Minnesota, in which 20-year-old Duante Wright was killed in a traffic obstruction because an air freshener blocked part of his rearview mirror. "Another unarmed young black man was shot dead" she said, referring to Wright. Biden also mentioned the incident, calling it "that godly shootout" amid a murder trial about 10 miles south of Brooklyn Center for the murder of George Floyd.
"And Lord only knows what happened based on what the verdict will be there or not," Biden said on Tuesday.
The day before, he tweeted, "Today I think of Daunte Wright and his family – and the pain, anger and trauma Black America experiences every day. While we wait for a full investigation, we know what to do To move forward: rebuild trust and ensure accountability so no one is above the law. "
President focuses on the health of black mothers
As part of Biden's plan for Black America, he outlined sensible approaches he wanted to prioritize in order to get rreduce the maternal mortality rate, which is disproportionately high for black women. One way the president is trying to do this is by following the example of California. The state formed one Collaborative Founded at Stanford University School of Medicine, which studies recurring causes of maternal death and recommends strategies to reduce those causes.
Well, recently the President has presented detailed plans to finance the initiative. He released his Discretionary funding request that sets out Biden's funding recommendations for the annual funding allocation process; on April 9th. As part of that request, the president pulled in $ 200 million to educate health care providers in implicit bias and help cities place child development experts in pediatric practices, with a high percentage of patients receiving Medicaid and federal child health insurance services.
The money is also intended to strengthen maternal mortality review committees. expand the covenant Program for Strategies to Address Rural Maternity and Obstetrics; and create government home medical programs for pregnant women that aim to improve childbirth outcomes for high-risk Medicaid recipients.
The ultimate goal is to save black lives and it doesn't stop at the $ 200 million allocation. Biden also included in his discretionary funding application plans:
– Funding for the Department of Civil Rights Office of the Department of Health and Human Services increased by 24% to US $ 47.9 million "to ensure the protection of civil rights in the health sector";
– Allocate US $ 340 million, an 18.7% increase, to Title X Family Planning Program to improve access to reproductive and preventive health services and promote equality between women and men and health;
– Allocated $ 6 billion to the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC), an increase of $ 5.3 billion issued for the program in the 2018 financial year;
– Authorize Medicaid Section 1115's first waiver of the expansion of federal postpartum coverage to Medicaid-eligible women beyond 60 days and up to 12 months; and
– Provided additional funding of US $ 12 million for maternal care in rural communities
The problem the president is trying to solve is huge and has hit black women as successfully as tennis icon Serena Williams, who revealed in a 2018 CNN statement that she "almost died" giving birth to her daughter Olympia. That problem is black maternal mortality, and it was highlighted last week during Black Maternal Health Week both inside the doors of the White House and in color communities across the country.
"Recent data shows that black women are roughly two to three times more likely to die from pregnancy complications than non-Hispanic white women," the White House said in its information sheet on the president's proposed spending. "The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that two out of three of these deaths are preventable."
Harris highlighted the statistic in a video announcing Black Maternal Health Week on April 9th. "I've heard stories from black women who told their doctors they were in pain just to be sent away," she said. "Women from different backgrounds, women with different levels of education and income, and women who deserve to be heard and treated with dignity."
Harris introduced two laws – the Maternal CARE Act and the Black Maternal Health Momnibus – aimed at addressing maternal health as a Senator. She also commemorated Black Maternal Health Week on Tuesday during a round table attended by Susan Rice, Director of the Home Affairs Council. Erica McAfee, founder of the Sisters in Loss podcast; and Heather Wilson, a mother who lost her child and later became a mourning foula.
"We just need to be heard and heard, especially when it comes to pain in the entire reproductive system," McAfee said during the round table. Wilson said the main problem she hears from mothers is "" They don't listen to me. ""
The White House proclaimed Black Maternal Health Week April 11-17 in what the New York Times called the "first" White House proclamation. The aim of the proclamation is to do exactly what McAfee is for and Wilson pleaded – to meet the needs of black women by encouraging the country to listen.
The proclamation reads:
In the United States of America, a person's race should never determine their health consequences, and pregnancy and childbirth should be safe for all. However, far too many black women have tragically been denied security and justice. America's maternal mortality rate is among the highest in developed countries, and it is particularly high among black mothers who die from pregnancy-related complications, about two to three times as common as white, Hispanic, Asian-American, and Pacific islanders. regardless of their income or level of education. This week, I urge all Americans to recognize the importance of addressing the black maternal mortality and morbidity crisis in this country.
It is important to ensure that all women have fair access to health care before, during, and after pregnancy. The Biden Harris government is committed to eliminating these unacceptable differences and building a health system that brings justice and dignity to black, indigenous and other colored women and girls.
Health care is a right, not a privilege, and our country needs a health system that works for all of us. This is what Vice President Harris and I have fought for throughout our careers. As a Senator, Vice President Harris was an advocate for black maternal health and enacted legislation to fill gaps in access to quality maternal care and to educate providers about implicit bias. During my tenure as Vice President, I campaigned for the Affordable Care Act and Medicaid Empowerment, both of which ensure access to critical maternal health support services. Within a few years of the Affordable Care Act passed, black uninsured rates dropped dramatically – a key factor in better maternal health outcomes – as did the persistent health insurance gap between black and white Americans, which increased by more than 40 percent the consequence of the implementation of the law declined.
As we struggle to end the COVID-19 crisis, we will continue to make quality health care more accessible and affordable for all Americans, as we did with the adoption of the landmark American rescue plan. We will also ensure that everyone – including hospitals, insurance plans, and health care providers – do their part to ensure that every American receives quality, affordable, and equitable care.
Vice President Harris and I advocate systemic policies that provide comprehensive, holistic health care for mothers that is free from bias and discrimination. The differences in morbidity and mortality that black mothers face are not the result of isolated cases. Our nation must eradicate systemic racism wherever it exists, including by addressing unequal social determinants of health that often contribute to racial inequalities such as adequate diet and housing, toxin-free environments, high-paying workspaces that offer paid vacations, and job vacancies Harassment and Discrimination.
Eliminating systemic barriers across the board will improve outcomes for black mothers and their families and make our entire country stronger, healthier, and more successful. At the same time, the United States also needs to expand and diversify its perinatal workforce, improve the way we collect data to better understand the causes of maternal death and complications from birth, and invest in community-level organizations. to reduce the glaring race and ethnicity differences that persist in our healthcare system.
Therefore, I, JOSEPH R. BIDEN JR., President of the United States of America, by virtue of the powers conferred on me by the constitution and laws of the United States, hereby declare April 11th to April 17th, 2021, as Black Maternal Health Week. I urge all Americans to raise awareness of the state of the health of black mothers in the United States by understanding the consequences of systemic discrimination, the scope of this problem and the need for urgent solutions, and the voices and experiences of black women and men Empower families and communities and commit to building a world in which black women do not have to fear for their safety, well-being, dignity, and life before, during, and after pregnancy.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF I laid my hand on it this April thirteenth, the year of our Lord two thousand and twenty and the independence of the United States of America, two hundred and forty-five.
JOSEPH R. BIDEN JR
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