HOW WE ADVOCATE

OUR ADVOCACY 

BWPC advocates for Belonging, Love, Affinity, Community, and Kinship through culturally congruent system improvements across the life course to advance well-being and improved outcomes for Black women, babies, and families.

On this page you can find: 

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AB 2420 - 

EXTREME HEAT AND PERINATAL HEALTH STUDY 

BILL SPONSORED BY BLACK WELLNESS & PROSPERITY CENTER

“Pregnant people are much more susceptible to heat and other environmental elements which require education and support in various forms.

 

Dr. Joaquin Arambula's bill is a step towards that.”

- Shantay Davies-Balch,

BWPC CEO & President

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DHCS DOULA STAKEHOLDER 
RESPONSE
LETTER

The immediate ask of the Doula Stakeholder Workgroup is ::

That DHCS DOES NOT SUBMIT the State Plan Amendment for the Medi-Cal Doula benefit until a full discussion of all points of concern are fully discussed in the Doula Stakeholder Workgroup meetings.

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BIRTH PLAN

"This is My Body, 

I Live Here."

-Nia Hodge

Public Health Advocate 

This birth plan is based on a compilation of experiences, lessons learned, and desires voiced by Black mothers and women in Fresno.


This birth plan was informed by Amya Brook’s birth experience and the real experiences of other mothers in the community. View birth stories from the community here.
 

View BLACK's Birth plan here.

 
 

BLACK MOTHERS' & WOMEN'S PERSPECTIVES

Person-centered care starts with viewing health care through the lens of patients. Listening to the lived experiences and voices of Black girls, women, mothers, and birthing persons can facilitate shared understanding and a development of a respectful care plan. When a woman's voice is amplified, it can also encourage others to speak up and advocate for their needs.

View the Black Mothers' & Women's Perspectives Report here.

BLACK MATERNAL HEALTH CIRCLES

The Black Maternal Health Circles is a year-long coordinated effort between Blue Shield of California (BSC) and BLACK Wellness & Prosperity Center (BWPC) to develop solutions to address Black maternal and infant health inequalities.


Focus areas: Kern and San Bernardino counties 

Population focus: 


Approach: Online listening sessions (focus groups) and co-design session where Black women are invited to share their met & unmet needs, and experiences about patient-provider interactions, available maternal health resources in their areas, and experiences with navigating their health plans.

 

SB65 CALIFORNIA STATE ASSEMBLY RECORDING

 

SB 65 SUPPORT LETTER 

Read our letter of support and learn more about SB 65 below.

We want to know what Black moms and women think about how SB 65 and SB 464 will help them. Tell us here

SB 65 Bill Info 

SB 464 Bill Info 

Learn about the SB 464 complaint process and your rights as a patient below. 

 

EXERCISE  YOUR RIGTHS AS A PATIENT:

YOU DESERVE RESPECTFUL CARE:

 

View Your health care rights HERE.

Complaint Process: First, try to resolve the issue directly with your provider or with the hospital. If you’re unable to resolve the issue to your satisfaction, use the steps below to guide you.​​​

IF NOT RESOLVED

YOU CAN:​​

INDEPENDENT REVIEW BOARD STEPS:

Help center phone number: 

1-888-466-2219

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