8 U.S. Cities Proclaim April 4, 2024 Black Maternal & Environmental Health Day

Apr 4, 2024 | BM4F Spotlights, Events, Policy Statements | 0 comments

Young, Gifted & Green Celebrates the First BMEH Day in History

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact:

Jada Robinson | Media@younggiftedgreen.org | (313) 283-2970

April 4, 2024

Washington, DC – 7 U.S. Cities representing approximately 527,713 Black Women and Child birthing People have proclaimed Thursday, April 4, 2024, Black Maternal and Environmental Health Day (BMEH Day) in response to a request submitted by Young, Gifted, and Green, whom established BMEH Day which takes place annually on the first Thursday of April to raise awareness about the importance of clean air and water, healthy housing, safe consumer products, and overall environments related to Black Maternal Health. This day is a means to amplify Black Women & Child Birthing People’s voices who are facing environmental injustices and their connections with maternal and reproductive disparities, medical neglect, and various forms of grief or loss. BMEH Day also advocates for improvements in policy, regulations, and improved maternal health practices.

We would like to thank: Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer, Mayor Muriel Bowser of Washington, DC (the first city to make the proclamation), Mayor Frank Scott of Little Rock, AR, Mayor Sharon Weston Broome of Baton Rouge, LA, Leonardo Williams of Durham, NC, Mayor Garnett L. Johnson of Augusta, GA, Mayor Skip Henderson, II of Columbus, GA, Executive Director David Crowley of Milwaukee County, WI, and Mayor Craig Greenberg of Louisville, KY for joining the BMEH Movement by officially proclaiming today Black Maternal & Environmental Health Day. The BMEH Day Kickoff Virtual Panel taking place April 4, 2024 6PM ET/5PM ET via Zoom and streamed on Facebook Live will feature: LaTricea D. Adams, Founder CEO & President Young, Gifted & Green and White House Environmental Justice Advisory Council Appointee, Dr. Tamarra James-Todd, Associate Professor of Environmental Reproductive Epidemiology, Harvard University. Adjoa Jones, MBA, CLES, Doula Director, African American Infant/Maternal Mortality (AAIMM) Prevention Initiative Programs, Ana Rodney, Executive Director, MomCares Baltimore, Laprisha Daniels, Executive Director, Detroiters Working for Environmental Justice, Almeta E. Cooper, National Manager, Health Equity, Moms Clean Air Force.

Our 12 national partners for this historic day are: Children’s Environmental Health Network, Perinatal Health Equity Initiative, MomsRising, National Perinatal Task Force, Deep South Center for, Environmental Justice, Health Foundation of South Florida, Michigan Clinicians for Climate Action, MOMCares Baltimore, Fund II Foundation, Moms Clean Air Force, SisterReach, and Birth Detroit.

For more information on Black Maternal & Environmental Health Day including our call to action, visit http://bit.lybmehday and register for the Kickoff event at http://bit.ly/bmehday24.

About Young, Gifted & Green

Young, Gifted & Green (Formerly Black Millennials 4 Flint) is a national civil rights and environmental justice organization that aims to unite like-minded organizations to advocate against the crisis of lead exposure and environmental injustice in disadvantaged communities.

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