Documents from the Fall 2019 Small Group Discussions

These are two documents from the inspiring discussion during our Fall 2019 Conference on Racial Inequities in Maternal Health Outcomes. Please read these documents and send us any additional comments. We would also love to hear about work that you or your organization is already doing

Fall 2020 Workshop – Challenging Racial Inequities in Maternal Health Outcomes, Agenda and Credit Information

FALL 2020 Challenging Racial Inequities in Maternal Health Outcomes

A deep dive into the causes of systemic and structural racism, the racial inequities in outcomes and immediate and longer-term action required on our shared journey to true birth equity.

November 5, 4:30-7:00PM


4:30-4:35 Conference Introduction
Carrie Bridges Feliz, MPH, Co-Chair Women’s Health Council of RI

4:35-4:45 Spark Award Winner Announcement 
Carrie Bridges Feliz, MPH, Co-Chair Women’s Health Council of RI

4:45-5:15 MH Public Strategies Identified
Ana Novais, MA, Assistant Secretary of EOHHS

5:15-5:45 SISTA Fire’s Research on Reproductive Justice
Presenter and Facilitator: Ditra Edwards, Co-Founder, Director, SISTA Fire

5:45-6:15 Black Maternal Mortality: Historical and Present-day Implications of Stereotypes, Biases and Misperceptions of Black Women in Clinical Practice and Beyond
Dionne Poulton, PhD, Chief Diversity Officer at Care New England

6:15-6:25 Emerging Programs
Overview of the RI Pregnancy and Postpartum Death Review Committee (PPDRC)
Deborah Garneau, MA, Maternal and Child Health Director, RIDOH

6:25-6:50 Talking Circle for Discussion and Path Forward
Facilitators:  All Presenters


  1. Share immediate reactions to the conference presentations.
  2. Name one thing they can personally do to advance this issue professionally or personally.
  3. Ask what they would like to see the WHC do to improve maternal outcomes for women of color.

6:50-7:00 Closing Remarks
Margaret Miller, MD, Co-Chair

Location: Online via Zoom 

Accreditation Designation

PHYSICIANS: Accreditation:  Accreditation: This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Accreditation Criteria and Policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education through the joint providershipof Rhode Island Hospital and Women’s Health Council of RI. Rhode Island Hospital is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Evaluation:  We will utilize Survey Monkey for the evaluation portion.

Credit Designation: Physicians: Rhode Island Hospital designates this live activity for a maximum of 2.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™.  Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

LICENSED MENTAL HEALTH COUNSELORS:  This program has been approved for 2.25 continuing education units by the RI Mental Health Counselors Association.

NURSES:  This continuing nursing education activity has been approved through the Northeast Multistate Division, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.  2.25 contact hours are awarded.

SOCIAL WORKERS:  This program has been approved for 2.25 Social Work continuing education credits by the National Association of Social Workers-Rhode Island Chapter in accordance with the Regulations of the RI Social Work Board of Licensure.  NASW Authorization # RI-7905.