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 by 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.
Chanel Porchia-Albert, Ancient Song |Chanel’s work in birth and reproductive justice continues to span into the research and methods of care of marginalized people and people of color, bringing a human rights framework into birthing rooms and beyond into institutional reform and accountability measures within healthcare to address implicit bias and racism. Denys Symonette Mitchell, Symonette Strategies & Solutions | A federal lobbyist and doctoral student, Denys assesses and analyzes how social policies shape the social determinants of health, specifically related to maternal-child health, and develops strategies to improve outcomes. She brings over a decade of combined experience in Congressional relations, federal government and nonprofit operations.
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, National WIC Association | Dr. Jamila Taylor is NWA’s President & CEO, leading long-term planning, advocacy for maternal and child health, program and membership development, and partnership initiatives. She negotiates federal policies to meet NWA member and WIC client needs. Dr. Taylor is the founder of the Collective.
Kavelle Christie, Community Catalyst | Kavelle Christie is the Director of the Gender Equity and Health Justice Program at Community Catalyst. She works alongside advocates, organizations serving directly impacted communities, and policy makers to craft policies, grassroots organizing and advocacy campaigns that help to improve health care access and further elevate maternal and reproductive health. 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