AFRICAN AMERICAN FAMILIES IN SPOKANE
Research shows that Black women are 3-4 times as likely to experience a pregnancy related death than white women. The CDC states that more than "60% of the pregnancy-related deaths in America are preventable." This is a shock fact that is tied in the lack of listening, partnership and believing Black women when they say something is wrong.
According to 2015 data, Spokane County was not racially diverse. Among county residents, 88.7% were white, 4.5% were of two or more races, 2.2% were Asian, 1.6% were black, 1.3% were American Indian/Alaska Native, and 0.5% were Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander. Statewide, the population was somewhat more racially diverse. While residents of Hispanic ethnicity comprised 12.4% of the statewide population, they accounted for 5.4% (26,599) of Spokane County’s population.
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SPOKANE COUNTY SHADES OF MOTHERHOOD PROJECT
Shades of Motherhood is the recipient of the Perinatal Mental Health Initiative (PMHI) Grant. The PMHI is a partnership between local grant funded organizations, Perinatal Support Washington, and the funder Strengthening Families Washington, a program within the Department of Children, Youth & Families. The PMHI focuses on perinatal mental health capacity building for local communities aimed at increasing awareness of perinatal mental health disorders amongst providers and families, increasing perinatal mental health screening and appropriate referrals, and creating easy pathways for families to access the care they need. Currently, there are 11 funded communities in Washington state. Shades of Motherhood began this work in July 2022 and will continue through June 2024
Shades of Motherhood strives to create healthy, equitable relationships between African American Families in Spokane and reproductive health through immersive, community-driven experiences that catalyze the physical, mental, and spiritual health of children, and families in underrepresented communities. We are focused on Black Maternal health through support, education and cultural care.
The Perinatal Mental Health Task Force launched in March 2023.
CONTACT: Stephaine Courtney
The Shades of Motherhood Project Perinatal Mental Health Task Force
MEETING DATES: February 18th, March 18th, April 1st