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A Black Women’s Health Agenda: Applying an Intersectional Systems Approach and Reproductive Justice Lens

Mendez, Dara and Gary-Webb, Tiffany and Davis, Esa and Fapohunda, Abi and Pierson-Brown, Tomar and Shirriel, Jada and Tucker, Alysia and Wilson, Dannai and Mayes, La'Tasha (2020) A Black Women’s Health Agenda: Applying an Intersectional Systems Approach and Reproductive Justice Lens. In: Pitt Momentum Fund 2020, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pa. (Unpublished)

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The Reproductive Justice (RJ) framework states that it is a “human right to maintain personal bodily autonomy, have children, not have children, and parent children in safe and sustainable communities.” RJ is critical in addressing the glaring racial, ethnic, social and economic inequities that exist in Allegheny County and surrounding areas. Black women and femmes carry the disproportionate burden of health inequities in Allegheny County, but their lives and experiences are not centered in the development and execution of solutions. Black women/femmes throughout the county lead critical work to address a multitude of inequities, often with limited support and resources. Concurrently, they deal with multiple systems of oppression designed to devalue and derail their work. This Pitt Teaming Grant proposal is designed to: A) Uplift the ongoing work led by Black women and femmes; B) Interrogate systems that exacerbate inequities in health C) Develop plans for dismantling systems of oppression specifically in Allegheny County that have a disproportionate impact on the health and well-being of Black women/femmes. The specific aims of this proposal are: Aim 1. Investigate if and how systems (health and social) may or may not address the health and well-being of Black women and femmes in Allegheny County and surrounding areas. This will include an environmental scan of existing programs, policies and local funding resulting in Black Paper and compendium of equity assessment tools and frameworks for further use by the team and others in the larger community. Aim 2. Develop a strategic plan and health agenda focused on centering the health and well-being of Black women and femmes in Allegheny County that includes actions related to research, practice and policy. The Black Women’s Health Agenda for Allegheny County will be developed through continuous community engagement and facilitation from Black-women led experts in strategic development.


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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Poster)
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Mendez, Daraddm11@pitt.eduddm110000-0003-3999-1991
Gary-Webb, Tiffanytgary@pitt.edutgary0000-0001-9843-1084
Davis, Esaemd55@pitt.eduemd550000-0002-6658-1528
Fapohunda, Abiaof3@pitt.eduaof30000-0001-9171-8162
Pierson-Brown, Tomartnb25@pitt.edutnb250000-0002-0442-6530
Mayes, La'
Centers: Other Centers, Institutes, Offices, or Units > Office of Sponsored Research > Pitt Momentum Fund
Date: 2020
Event Title: Pitt Momentum Fund 2020
Event Type: Other
DOI or Unique Handle: 10.18117/55v8-ag65
Schools and Programs: School of Public Health > Epidemiology
Refereed: No
Other ID: 3462
Date Deposited: 24 Feb 2020 16:53
Last Modified: 17 Feb 2023 16:58


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