Black women have long led the fight for health equity, particularly in the realm of maternal health.

The Black Maternal Health Federal Policy Collective, founded and led by TCF Director of Health Care Reform Dr. Jamila Taylor, brings together dynamic Black women leaders from across the policy sector to develop strategies and solutions to tackle America’s maternal health crisis. The Collective is a go-to resource for policymakers, advocates, the press, and the public.

The Collective

Alise Powell, National Birth Equity Collaborative (NBEC) | Alise is a senior policy analyst at NBEC. She is a tireless champion for change, striving to help guide the American health care system toward the high mark of equity. Aza Nedhari, Mamatoto Village | Aza is an experienced community organizer, reproductive justice advocate, and forward thinking visionary leader. She is a licensed certified professional midwife, family counselor, and the co-founding executive director of Mamatoto Village.
Breana N. Lipscomb, Center for Reproductive Rights | Breana Lipscomb, senior advisor of maternal health and rights, develops strategies to advance state and federal policies that promote Black maternal health and furthers reproductive rights as human rights. Camille Kidd, In Our Own Voice: National Black Women’s Reproductive Justice Agenda | Camille currently serves as the policy manager at In Our Own Voice: National Black Women’s Reproductive Justice Agenda. She manages In Our Own Voice’s federal advocacy efforts.
Chloe A. Mondesir, National Women’s Health Network | Chloe A. Mondesir, MSOL, associate director of policy and advocacy, is a Spelman College BA and Mercer University MS recipient. Chloe’s specialties are senior-level program development and management, policy and advocacy training, strategic partnerships, and capacity-building. Denys Symonette Mitchell, MSW,  National Women’s Health Network | Denys Symonette Mitchell is the director of policy and partnerships at the National Women’s Health Network. She completed her undergraduate and graduate studies at Howard University.
Jamila Perritt, MD MPH FACOG, Physicians for Reproductive Health | Dr. Jamila Perritt (she/her) is a fellowship trained, board-certified obstetrician and gynecologist and president and CEO of Physicians for Reproductive Health (PRH), a physician led organization that mobilizes the medical community, educating and organizing providers, using medicine and science to advance access to reproductive health care for all people. Jamila Taylor, PhD, MPA, The Century Foundation | Dr. Jamila K. Taylor is director of health care reform and senior fellow at TCF. Throughout her 20+ year career, Taylor has championed the health and rights of women of color and other marginalized communities both in the U.S. and around the world, promoting policies that ensure access to reproductive and maternal health care.
Kavelle Christie, Community Catalyst | Kavelle Christie is the interim director of the Women’s Health Program at Community Catalyst. She works alongside directly impacted communities, advocates and policy makers to craft policies and advocacy campaigns that help to improve health care access and further elevate maternal and reproductive health. Miranda Badgett , In Our Own Voice: National Black Women’s Reproductive Justice Agenda | Miranda is passionate about advancing progressive policy and fostering relationships that produce social change. She holds a bachelor’s in psychology and master’s in both public affairs and social work.
Osub Ahmed, Center for American Progress | Osub Ahmed is the associate director for women’s health and rights with the Women’s Initiative at the Center for American Progress, where she focuses on federal- and state-level reproductive and maternal health policy as well as other public health issues, such as the intersection of women’s health and climate change. Raven E. Freeborn LCSW, Mamatoto Village | Raven serves as Mamatoto Village’s director of policy, organizing, and partnership. They lend expertise as an organizer, clinical social worker, and full-spectrum doula to boldly collaborate for person-centered policy change.
Venicia Gray, National Partnership for Women & Families | Venicia brings fifteen years of federal and state policy experience. She holds a BA in political science and an MPA from Southern University and A&M College. Vina Smith-Ramakrishnan, The Century Foundation | Vina is a senior policy associate at TCF, where she works to promote health equity and eliminate racial and gender disparities in maternal and reproductive health outcomes.
Adrienne Ramcharan, Physicians for Reproductive Health | Adrienne is the Assistant Director for State Policy at Physicians for Reproductive Health. She has experience working with advocacy and grassroots organizations, state legislature and government agencies to actively move forward a policy agenda.

Latest Work on Black Maternal Health