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Year of Medicaid For New Moms Heads to Mississippi Governor’s Desk

JACKSON, Miss.—Paheadra Robinson shed tears in the Mississippi Capitol rotunda Tuesday afternoon when she learned that the Mississippi House had finally sent a bill to the governor’s desk that will give new mothers Medicaid for up to 12 months after giving birth—well beyond the state’s current 60-day limit on postpartum coverage.

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Meet the Wage Warrior Who Is Working to Close the Pay Gap

Exerpt from Oprah Daily – A longtime grassroots organizer and activist in her home state of Mississippi, Cassandra Welchlin—executive director of the Mississippi Black Women’s Roundtable, a nonprofit advancing the economic security of women by training them to be civically engaged and empowering them to become transformational leaders, and cofounder of the Mississippi Women’s Economic Security Initiative, which seeks to improve the economic well-being of Mississippi’s women and their families—is used to getting knocked down professionally. But she never gets knocked out.

In fact, for Welchlin, getting back up to fight for the Black and brown faces she represents is her only option, particularly since those faces remind her of the two women who raised her. “I often say my mother’s life taught me what justice was, and my grandmother’s life taught me what service was,” she says.


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EMPOWERING POLICY HEATLHCARE MS VOICES NEWS

Black maternal deaths and disparities increase in Mississippi

Excerpt from NBC News – The Mississippi Maternal Mortality Report shows that the maternal mortality rate increased by 8.8% between 2013‐2016 and 2017‐2019, with the latter period being the most recent one analyzed by researchers.

Black, non-Hispanic women had a rate four times higher than white, non-Hispanic women, according to a report released Thursday by the state’s Department of Health.

The grim figures arrive as the state is expecting more births each year as a result of the U.S. Supreme Court decision last summer overturning the 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling, which had established a nationwide constitutional protection for abortion. The court used a Mississippi case to overturn the case, a legal effort the state’s leaders have lauded.


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A coalition of Mississippi advocates is calling for Strong Babies and Healthy Mothers

Excerpt from MPB – Among the coalition of activists calling on the legislature to extend postpartum Medicaid is Cassandra Welchlin, Executive Director of the Mississippi Black Women’s Round Table. She says postpartum care isn’t just an issue that would affect mothers.

Welchlin says, “It’s a family issue, it’s a community issue, it’s a state issue. Because all the benefits that we know exist and all the roles that a mom and a woman plays. So it’s just going to be huge. And it’s going to lower the maternal mortality rate, which is what we’re trying to do.”

Mississippi has one of the highest maternal mortality rates in the nation.

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HEATLHCARE MS VOICES NEWS

MS Maternal Mortality Report

JACKSON, Miss. — The latest Mississippi Maternal Mortality Report, released today, shines a glaring light on even greater disparities between white and black outcomes for new mothers.

The Mississippi Mortality Review Committee (MMRC) is statutorily tasked with investigating maternal deaths to identify opportunities for improvement and make recommendations for preventing future deaths.
For the 2017- 2019 reporting period key findings of the 93 deaths include:
    •    43 percent of maternal deaths were directly related to pregnancy. 87.5 percent were determined to be preventable, and 57.5 percent occurred during pregnancy or within 60 days after delivery;
    •    Black, non-Hispanic women had a maternal mortality rate four times higher than White, non-Hispanic women; and
    •    Most maternal deaths among Black, non-Hispanic mothers were attributed to cardiovascular conditions and cardiomyopathy (a weakening of the heart muscle).
The report also includes recommendations to policy makers, including ensuring that insurance coverage exists before pregnancy, and extends beyond the 60 day postpartum period (now in place) to one year.
State Health Officer Dr. Dan Edney continues to advocate for access to care for all Mississippians.
“It is imperative that we take care of our most vulnerable populations now. This is the only way we can move Mississippi’s health status off the bottom of the chart. Access to healthy environments and healthy foods can and will reduce the prevalence of chronic diseases such as obesity, diabetes and high blood pressure – all conditions that lead to cardiovascular disease,” said Edney.
The report also includes recommendations for hospitals, providers and expectant mothers.
The Mississippi State Department of Health includes programs such as WIC, Family Planning and Reproductive Services, Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs, Early Intervention, Genetic Services, Healthy Moms/Healthy Babies, Safe Sleep, and Breast and Cervical Cancer, all to ensure the safety of both mothers and infants.
The report can be found at HealthyMS.com/maternal.
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JXN WATER CRISIS NEWS

CNN Newsroom With Alisyn Camerota and Victor Blackwell

Excerpt from CNN Newsroom – After weeks under a boil water order, the governor of Mississippi said that the water in Jackson is now clean.

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JXN WATER CRISIS NEWS

Black People vs Water Crisis

Welcome Cassandra Welchlin, the Executive Director & Co-Convener of the Mississippi Black Women’s Roundtable as we discuss the Jackson water crisis.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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EMPOWERING POLICY HEATLHCARE MS VOICES NEWS

The Pulse: Cassandra Welchlin

Excerpt from MS Today–Cassandra Welchlin, executive director of the Mississippi Black Women’s Roundtable, and Mississippi Today health reporter Will Stribling discuss the roundtable’s Mississippi Voices project. The project is seeking to elevate the experiences of Black women and girls who face barriers to accessing health care by collecting and sharing their stories.

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JXN WATER CRISIS NEWS

Who’s next?: Not a drop to drink: Black communities from Jackson, Miss. to Baltimore paying the price for America’s crumbling infrastructure

Excerpt from Afro News Article – Brown water coming out of a kitchen faucet in Jackson, Miss. is not new.

Neither is boiling water in order to drink it.

One resident- Cassandra Welchlin, executive director of the Mississippi Black Women’s Roundtable, told the AFRO that residents have become normalized to discolored water because multiple a few times a year the water comes out of the faucet brown. 

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JXN WATER CRISIS NEWS

Weekend Express with Susan Hendricks

Cassandra Welchlin, Executive Director of the Mississippi Black Women’s Roundtable speaks with Susan Hendricks about the water issues which has plagued Jackson, MS for decades.