By Dr. Patti R. Rose, Ed.D, author of Health Disparities, Diversity, and Inclusion
Among the headlines this morning came some great news. Reps. Lauren Underwood (D-Ill.) and Alma Adams (D-N.C.) announced that they have created a Black Maternal Health Caucus. "Our caucus will elevate black maternal health as a national priority and explore and advocate for effective, evidence-based, culturally competent policies and best practices for improving black maternal health," Underwood said at a press conference. Read the full story:
An understanding of Black maternal and child health disparities is critical for any future Public Health professional. Therefore, from the archives of the Public Health Faculty Lounge, I am resharing a Flipped Classroom Assignment that will engage your students in an active discussion about this key issue.
In this flipped classroom assignment, your students will learn about the harsh realities associated with infant mortality and Black women.
- Read the NY Times article entitled: Why America’s Black Mothers and Babies Are in a Life-or-Death Crisis: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/04/11/magazine/black-mothers-babies-death-maternal-mortality.html
- Watch the Democracy Now interview with Linda Villarosa, author of the NY Times article: https://www.democracynow.org/2018/4/19/stunning_investigation_confirms_black_mothers_
Break into Three groups:
Step 1: Discuss the three key reasons, per the video, why Black women are experiencing problems associated with Infant Mortality and decide if you agree or disagree as a group. You may use the article above to gather more facts (beyond the film) to determine if you agree or disagree with the points in the film.
Step 2: Each group select one of the three reasons to highlight. Pick a spokesperson for your group and share (spokesperson) the details and facts associated with the reason your group selected with the rationale based on the video. Explain your position (agree/disagree) to the other two groups.
About the Author
Patti R. Rose, MPH, EdD - President and Founder, Rose Consulting, Miami, Florida
Dr. Patti Rose acquired her Master’s Degree (MPH) in Health Services Administration from the Yale University School of Public Health followed by her Doctorate (Ed.D) in Health Education from Columbia University, Teachers College. She is the President and Founder of Rose Consulting through which she offers speaking engagements, workshops and consultation in the United States and abroad. She is also the co-host of and co-creator of an new podcast entitled TheIvyRoses which is aired on iTunes, Sound Cloud, Spotify and Stitcher, which offers health topics and beyond.