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Black Maternal Health Week

Across Texas, Black mothers are three times more likely to die in childbirth than their white counterparts. To raise awareness of this inequity and to build community-wide support for initiatives that allow Black mothers to thrive, United Way of Metropolitan Dallas led a series of events for Black Maternal Health Week in April of 2023. This important work directly supports our mission to improve access to education, income and health—the building blocks of opportunity.
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Our 2023 Black Maternal Health Week programming was a key part of Doorways to Health, a community partnership that seeks to improve the maternal health outcomes of Black women in Dallas. Doorways to Health offers a variety of resources and programming, including home visiting and holistic maternal healthcare services, to ensure new and expecting mothers have the support necessary to thrive.

Black Maternal Health Week Activities

Black Maternal Health Week was celebrated April 11-17, 2023. At United Way of Metropolitan Dallas, we called attention to the topic of Black maternal health and raised awareness of Doorways to Health services by
  • Working with community partners to get Black Maternal Health Week officially recognized in a Dallas County proclamation to acknowledge the importance of the issue of Black maternal health
  • Hosting the “Celebrating Black Maternal Health Week Lunch & Learn,” which featured a panel of experts from United Way of Metropolitan Dallas, United Way Worldwide, Metrocare, Deloitte Health Equity Institute and Abide Women’s Health Services, as well as consultant Stacey D. Brown

  • Organizing a family friendly Black Maternal Health Event that brought together the community to raise awareness of Black maternal health and ensure North Texas families are thriving
  • Sharing information through email and on the United Way of Dallas blog and social media channels about Black maternal health and initiatives to reduce the Black maternal mortality rate in North Texas

Results & Impact

  • 100+

    attendees
    23 vendors and residents from 12 North Texas ZIP codes joined our Black Maternal Health Event 
  • 145

    social media users reached
    during Black Maternal Health Week
  • 236

    email recipients
    of Black Maternal Health Week information

    100+

    attendees
    23 vendors and residents from 12 North Texas ZIP codes joined our Black Maternal Health Event

    145

    social media users reached
    during Black Maternal Health Week

    236

    email recipients
    of Black Maternal Health Week information

    Doorways to Health is a partnership of

    • United Way of Metropolitan Dallas
    • Metrocare Services
    • Abide Women’s Health Services

    Invest in Lasting Change

    Together, we can improve access to education, income and health so all North Texans can thrive.