Goals

  1. To address maternal and child health inequities for Black women through solution-focused research and policy interventions by:  
    • Demonstrating collaboration within the lab and across partner and peer organizations.  
    • Applying in-lab research to support community and reproductive justice work 

  1. Address and advocate for maternal health inequities at both the local and national level: 
    • Through the use of epidemiologic and community based participatory research studies.  
    • Through a health equity focused lens.  
    • By contributing to the evidence-base on best practices and other recommendations to eliminate maternal health disparities for black women 

  1. Acquire funding for research, stipends, and lab-related needs:  
    • Raise $100,000 our 1st year.  
    • Write, edit and submit grants.  
    • Plan fundraisers 

  1. To educate our local and national community through webinars, and sharing information via social media:  
    • Creating webinars and disseminating information.  
    • Sharing out the information about current events.  
    • Host events that educate the larger Boston community on maternal health disparities.  
    • Contribute and lead to the scientific body of knowledge on Black women and their health outcomes

  1. Create strong partnerships and leverage stakeholder relationships to expand MOTHER Lab to become one of the largest Maternal equity labs in the nation: 
    • Establish ourselves as a top reliable source on all issues related to Black maternal health.  
    • Develop and maintain a list of partners and stakeholders that are engaged in the work that we can support and that can support us 

  1. To create and foster a welcoming and inclusive research and professional development environment for people passionate maternal health inequities with a focus on representing minorities:  
    • Taking action for each person in the lab to advocate about the importance of our mission.  
    • Supporting each other and fellow MOTHER Lab members both personally and professionally through formal and informal mentoring opportunities 

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