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Revised AAIDC Focus Group Dates

Revised AAIDC Focus Group Dates

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AFRICAN AMERICAN INITIATIVE DATA COLLECTION

Susan G. Komen Oregon & SW Washington

REVISED Focus Group Discussions

 

Greetings:

The African American Initiative Data Collection is a culturally-appropriate initiative to facilitatethe reduction of breast cancer mortality in Portland’s African American community.

Our team would like to talk with African American breast cancer survivors and those living with metastatic breast cancer, as well as African American women over the age of 30 about their experiences navigating healthcare. The results will lead to action for change. You are invited to participate in one of two focus group discussions below:

  • Wednesday, October 17, 5:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Urban League Office – 110 N. Russell Street Portland, OR (Parking available behind the bldg.)

  • Saturday, October 20, 11 am – 2:00 pm

Vancouver Avenue First Baptist Church – 3138 N. Vancouver Ave Portland, OR

 

*** Incentives are provided for volunteers – Information is confidential ***

Please contact D. Bora Harris, AAIDC Independent Consultant for Susan G. Komen Oregon & SW Washington Email: borahbora@aol.com Phone: (503) 936-8020


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Health Committee 09/20/2018

Health Committee 09/20/2018

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SMART needs volunteer readers!

SMART needs volunteer readers!

SMART studentAn organization I care about, SMART (Start Making A Reader Today), is launching a statewide campaign to recruit 1,550 new volunteers by Nov. 1 in order to meet their goal of providing over 11,300 children this year with one-on-one reading support and books to keep and build their personal libraries.

SMART Readers spend an hour each week during the school year reading one-on-one with PreK through third-grade children and helping to foster a love of reading through fun, child-guided reading sessions. If you have just one hour per week to volunteer, SMART is a wonderful opportunity to make a difference in the lives of local students.  I especially encourage readers of color to volunteer. With your support, I know that SMART can exceed its goal! Here are three ways you can help:
Volunteer! Consider joining SMART as a Reader. Sign up for SMART online or call 877-598-4633 to learn more.

Tell your friends, families, and colleagues. Personalize this email message and forward it to folks in your networks.

Get social! Post about our need for Readers on social media.

I’ve been a SMART reader for 4 years in the kindergarten program at King Elementary School.  It’s been fun to spend time reading with the kids and watch their skills improve. Please join me in volunteering with this very worthwhile program.


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Health Committee welcomed Shafia Monroe to our August Meeting to Discuss Black Mother and Infant Health

Health Committee welcomed Shafia Monroe to our August Meeting to Discuss Black Mother and Infant Health

For decades, research has clearly shown that Black infants are more than twice as likely to die during birth than White infants;  Black mothers are 3-4 times more likely to die from pregnancy-related causes than White mothers. Higher education and income do not protect black women from these outcomes as demonstrated by Serena Williams’ recently publicized story of almost dying following the birth of her child.  These disparities in birth and pregnancy outcomes for black women are a public health crisis. The disparities of poorer birth outcomes has worsened and been linked to the cumulative effects of systemic racism on black women, systemic racism within our healthcare system, inadequate access to healthcare services and lack of education about pregnancy and birth in some communities.  The Portland NAACP Health committee has decided to partner with organizations that are focused on improving the health of black mothers and infants here in Oregon. And as a first step, we invited the internationally renowned Shafia Monroe to speak with us.

Shafia Monroe, DEM, CPT, MPH, President of Shafia Monroe Consulting (SMC), spoke with the Health Committee on August 9 during our monthly committee meeting.  She shared timely and relevant information about the status of Black infant and maternal health in Oregon, and the SMC mission. One of Shafia’s mottos is “Black Lives Matter at Birth” and she has been working to improve the health of black mothers and babies since the 1970’s.  Shafia worked as a midwife in her native Boston and co-founded the Traditional Childbearing Group (TCG) in 1978. The TCG taught low-cost birthing classes, delivered babies, and worked to change birth policies in the Boston area. In 1991, Shafia moved to Portland and continued her work with maternal health including founding the International Center for Traditional Childbearing (ICTC).  The ICTC continues its work today as advocates for improving birth outcomes and increasing the number of midwives and doulas of color in the United States, Columbia, Jamaica, Ghana, Trinidad, and Sierra Leone as well as other countries.

In Oregon, under Shafia’s leadership, the ICTC was able to get the State of Oregon to recognize the use of doulas to improve birth outcomes in underserved communities.  This effort has led to doulas in Oregon now qualifying for Medicaid reimbursement. Shafia has retired as leader of ICTC and is working as the President of Shafia Monroe Consulting. She is also a founder member of the Oregon Doula Association and President of Doula Ready, LLC. She is a master trainer of doulas and spoke with us about the important role a doula can play in improving the health outcomes for mothers and babies.  

A goal of SMC is to increase the number of Black doulas to reduce infant and maternal mortality, increase breastfeeding rates and build healthy families. Doulas work with mothers during pregnancy, labor, birth, and into motherhood providing emotional and physical support.  For Black mothers, and particularly those who don’t have adequate support from family or friends, a doula can serve a crucial role in helping foster healthy and positive outcomes for both mother and baby. There aren’t enough doulas of color to serve women of color in Oregon and SMC would like to change that.  

Along with increasing the number of Black doulas and doulas of color, SMC strives to amplify the issue of poor birth outcomes in Black women and educate the Black community on how to improve mother and infant health.   Our Health committee plans to partner with SMC to help reach these goals. Stay tuned for more information about the NAACP efforts. You can find more information about SMC and more information about Black infant and Maternal health in Oregon by visiting https://shafiamonroe.com/

Doula training is offered quarterly in Portland, Oregon and costs $800 for the 30 hour course. More information can be found at ShafiaMonroe.com or the link to the next doula training starting in September.

 

 


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First Annual Black United Family Bike Ride and Picnic!

First Annual Black United Family Bike Ride and Picnic!

Black biker girlNAACP, AAOA (African American Outdoor Association), and BGDB (Black Girls Do Bike) present 1st annual Black United Family Bike Ride and picnic. Join us for food, games, and fun at Dawson Park on July 8, 10-4.   Family friendly bike ride – all ages.  Bike ride starts at 11:30am. Bikes are available to borrow for the event.  Please register here.Black adult bikers