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NAPSW Stands in Solidarity with Black Lives Matter

The National Association of Perinatal Social Workers condemns white supremacy, systemic and institutional racism.  We acknowledge the existence of racial injustice in our society and we stand in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement.  

NAPSW is an organization whose mission is to maximize health outcomes for babies and their families.  As perinatal social workers we have first-hand experience of the rampant health disparities seen in the perinatal period for Black mothers and babies and we grieve the way this harm continues to damage the families we serve.  We humbly commit to moving forward by listening to the voices of Black families and the Black Lives Matter movement, and to work harder to help achieve better outcomes for all families who have been marginalized and harmed by systemic and institutional racism.

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Advocacy Priorities

NAPSW Advocacy Priorities

During the 2018 conference the advocacy committee received approval from the board to focus on the following areas of advocacy for 2018: prenatal substance use, perinatal mental health and parity, ACA repeal and replace efforts (focus on essential health benefits & Medicaid expansion). While the vote does not exclude the organization from supporting requests on other topics, it is the hope of the committee to promote conversations related to these topics at a state, regional, national or international level.

Is your area of practice addressing one of this year’s advocacy priorities? If so, we’d love to hear about it! Send an email to advocacy chair Mandy Wannarka at [email protected] and it could be featured in greater detail in a future forum issue!

Advocacy Opportunities

Advocacy Opportunities to Support Perinatal Health

NAPSW would like to present its members and the public with important information about advocacy opportunities that are in line with NAPSW's mission to support positive outcomes for every parent and every baby.

  • Tell Congress: WIC Works!  Sign MomsRising  petition to remind Congress that WIC is a vital program that improves health outcomes for women and kids.  Click here to learn more and sign.
  • Join the Office of Minority Health on Wednesday, February 15, 2-3p ET for a webinar.  Participants will learn how to identify implicit bias in various settings; recognize microaggressions, microassaults, microinsults, and microinvalidations; they will discuss how implicit bias as a contributing factor to health and healthcare disparitities; and mitigate implicit bias with de-biasing techniques.  Click here to learn more and register. 
  • The Association of Maternal & Child Health Programs Policy has released a document featuring recommendations for the new President and Congress entitles "Steps the New President and Congress Can Take to Improve the Health of Women, Children, and Families,: A 100-Day Policy Agenda. Click here to access this document. 

Support the Promoting Life Saving New Therapies for Neonates Act

Support the Promoting Life Saving New Therapies for Neonates Act (S. 2041, H.R. 5182)

From the Newborn Health Initiative:  Due to a high level of difficulty, as well as the lack of proper incentive for investment, there has not been a new drug approved to improve survival and outcomes in premature infants in over 25 years. It’s time to change that.  

Click here to read more about this important effort.

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