Health Pro Tips for April 2024

The best science, stories, and strategies related to this month’s national health themes. Check back throughout the month for new additions.

Black Maternal Health Week  

In the U.S., Black women are three times more likely to die from a pregnancy-related cause than White women. The CDC notes that more than 80% of pregnancy related deaths are preventable.  

  • Action Alert! April 11 – April 17 is Black Maternal Health Week The Black Mamas Matter Alliance (BMMA) has announced 2024’s theme: “Our Bodies STILL Belong to Us: Reproductive Justice NOW!,” which highlights the intersection between recent abortion restrictions and adverse maternal health outcomes. Learn more and how to observe on their website.  
  • Birth Plan Advice for Black Mothers to Be – This woman shares her story in detail. The New York Times compiled a “protecting your birth” guide for Black mothers. One Black mother and author shares 10 tips and resources that helped her get through birth.   
  • Black Mothers and Daughters Share Best Advice They Were Given – About love, life, health, and more, from Refinery29.  
  • Issue Primer: Racial Disparities in Maternal and Infant Health – If you’re looking for an introductory overview of the problem, statistics, and current policy interventions in the works, this KFF article is a must-read.  
  • Organizations that Support Black Moms & Their FamiliesThese organizations train culturally competent birth workers, provide comprehensive maternal care, facilitate parent support groups, and more.  

Sexually Transmitted Infection (STI) Awareness Month 

According to CDC data from 2022 (the most recent data available), STI cases continue to rise in the U.S. In 2022, more than 2.5 million cases of syphilis, gonorrhea, and chlamydia were reported in the United States – that’s an 80% increase in syphilis over five years.  

Sexual Assault Awareness & Prevention Month (SAAPM) 

According to the CDC, over half of women will experience violence involving sexual contact in their lifetimes. And women in marginalized groups experience a higher burden of sexual violence.   

Minority Health Month 

As the FDA Office of Minority Health and Health Equity (OMHHE) kicks off National Minority Health Month (NMHM), we invite you to join our ongoing efforts this month to advance health equity and reduce health disparities among racial and ethnic minority and other diverse populations. 

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