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ICYMI: The Ohio Black Maternal Health Caucus Hosts Their First Kick-Off Virtual Discussion

A Discussion on Racism as a Public Health Crisis
February 25, 2022
Paula Hicks-Hudson News

COLUMBUS - Yesterday, State Rep. Catherine Ingram (D-Cincinnati) and State Rep. Paula Hicks-Hudson (D-Toledo) co-hosted the first virtual discussion of the year for the Ohio Black Maternal Health Caucus (OBMHC). In partnership with Queen’s Village Cincinnati, the OBMHC featured guest speakers Dr. Meredith Shockley-Smith and Ms. Josselyn Okorodudu.

During this meaningful conversation, the OBMHC Co-Chairs and the team from Queen’s Village discussed the state of Black maternal health, racism as a public health crisis, and future goals and partnership. Following the discussion, the panelists had great discussion and Q&A with participants, with special remarks from Dr. Elizabeth Kelly, Co-Founder of Cradle Cincinnati. 

“This is just the beginning. We are excited to have these opportunities to learn and grow and become stronger advocates.  We will continue to fight, we will continue to move forward, and we will continue to represent Ohio’s Black mothers,” said Rep. Hicks-Hudson.

Queens Village is a supportive community initiative of Cradle Cincinnati by Black women, for Black women. Queens Village works to confront the disproportionately high rate of infant mortality experienced by Black mothers through changing racial disparities in birth outcomes and the conditions that drive maternal and infant health inequity. More information about this initiative can be found at 

“While great strides have been made in the improvement of Black maternal health, there is still a lot of work to do. It is going to take all of us, and more conversations like this, for us to achieve equitable maternal outcomes in the future,” said Rep. Ingram.

A recording of the discussion can be found on the Ohio House Dems Facebook Page.