You should already have received an invitation from The Center for Reproductive Rights and the US Human Rights Network to a briefing on Native American Women and Maternal Health. The United States has the highest maternal mortality ratio of all the world’s wealthy countries, an issue that has garnered significant attention from members of Congress. Native women are disproportionately impacted by the human rights crisis in U.S. maternal health, yet the needs of Native women have not been adequately addressed.
At this briefing, indigenous women leaders will share their perspectives on the policy changes that are needed to improve maternal health and related reproductive rights issues in their communities, including addressing the epidemic of missing and murdered indigenous women, barriers to accessing health care, and funding for community-centered healing solutions.
The briefing will be held on February 12 2019, at 12 noon in 2325 Rayburn House Office Building. Lunch will be provided, and you can RSVP to
Sarah Adams-Cornell, Co-founder of Matriarch
Enedina Banks, Breastfeeding Advocate
Melissa Rose, Midwife at Changing Woman Initiative
Lauren van Schilfgaarde, Attorney at Tribal Law and Policy Institute
Opening Remarks: Jennifer Jacoby Altscher, Federal Policy Counsel at Center for Reproductive Rights
Moderator: Rosalee Gonzalez, Executive Director of US Human Rights Network
Rep. Deb Haaland