Birth Equity Leadership Academy (BELA) – Public Meetings and Webinars

Past BELA Webinar Recordings

Demystifying the IBCLC Requirements

Presented by Saray Hill from the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners (IBLCE), on April 15, 2019. Thank you to Reaching Our Sisters Everywhere (ROSE) for collaborating to offer this webinar.

Grant Writing and Funding

Presented by Dalvery Blackwell, IBCLC, Executive Director and Co-founder of the African American Breastfeeding Network (AABN) and Molly Chappell-McPhail, LMSW, CD (DONA), Executive Director of BirthMatters, on 03/06/2019

Want More Impact? Make Strategic Communications Your BFF

Presented by Naomi Abraham and Debayani Kar, Communications/story strategists and co-founders of Resonance, on 2/13/2019

2018 Latina Maternal and Child Health Review

Presented by BELA Mentor Diana Derige, DrPh, Urban Strategies’ National Director for Health Initiatives, on 11/7/2018

Using Community Organizing & Culturally Responsive Evaluation as Collaborative Tools for Change

Presented by BELA Evaluation Consultant Nicole Clark on 10/03/2018

Making Social Media Work for You

Presented by BELA Mentor Shayla Lawrence on 8/29/2018

BELA Stories

Apoyando a Familias | Supporting Families During COVID-19 and Emergencies

    “Supporting Families During COVID-19 and Emergencies” led by Lourdes Santaballa, Executive Director, Alimentación Segura Infantil (ASI) in Puerto Rico (PR) presented their approach to supporting families during emergencies and this public health pandemic. “Apoyando a Familias Durante COVID-19 y Emergencias” presentado por Lourdes Santaballa, Directora Ejecutiva de, Alimentación Segura Infantil (ASI) en Puerto

Increase power, improve health outcomes, Amani says

  Please click below to view the webinar video from May 28.     “We cannot talk about health disparities without talking about power, and how lack of access to power over the course of one’s life impacts the ability to be healthy,” Jamarah Amani, executive director of Southern Birth Justice, told more than 100

This is what a leader looks like: U.S. Sen. Durbin’s CHW of the Year Video

Play Video   This pandemic has had a disproportionate impact on African American and Latinx communities, leaving many mothers and babies of color vulnerable…. More than ever, mothers and babies in minority communities need support, and the faculty and leadership of the Birth Equity Leadership Academy have stepped up. Thank you, BELA! –Senator Richard J.

Congratulations, Community Health Worker(s) of the Year

Play Video    Back in February, we were full speed ahead planning our annual Every Baby Our Baby bash. That was a different world and we’re not looking back. Not being able to be together this year is just the start of what’s different this year. We can still recognize our leaders and the

Reports highlight community-based doulas’ role vs. maternal health crisis

One new report out of Washington, D.C. highlights that racism is the driving force of disparities in maternal mortality and doulas and midwives are key to the solution. Another from a Native women-led organization in New Mexico analyzes the living-wage pay scale of, and recommends a greater role for, community-based doulas.  Taken together, both reports

BELA Retreat Photo Gallery

Thank you to everyone who attended the Birth Equity Leadership Academy Retreat in New Orleans. We hope you learned a lot from our facilitators and each other. We look forward to continue to support the important birth equity work you are doing in your communities.