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Please continue to elevate the voices of phenomenal groups that fight to dismantle the racially unjust systems that affect women's health in the U.S. today, such as:

Black Lives Matter Oklahoma. Please consider donating to the bail fund through Black Lives Matter Oklahoma at
Click here to donate today.  

Kamala Harris. Much is known about her career as a prosecutor, but what do we know about her perspectives on healthcare? What about issues like Medicare for All and women’s health? Thankfully, Politico has done the work of analyzing the healthcare platform that she adopted as a presidential candidate to shed some light on what we might expect from the potential VP. Read more on Politico.
Hear Her. The Hear Her campaign advocates for the far too many parents who die during childbirth from preventable complications related to their pregnancies.  Learn more about Hear Her from the CDC.
Community-Based Doula Initiatives are more important than ever. The United States is facing a maternal and infant health crisis fueled by structural racism that drives significant racial disparities in maternal and infant morbidity and mortality. Check out this American Progress article that dives deeper into how this intervention improves women's health outcomes during COVID-19.
Are you pregnant? Getting ready to give birth during the pandemic? Irth wants to share your story! “Irth” (Birth without Bias) is a Yelp-like review and rating app for hospitals and physicians made by and for Black women & birthing people of color. They have also initiated some excellent journalism projects that bring the black maternal health crisis to life. Check out the Irth website for more.

Evictions hurt whole communities. What's more: single women are more likely than single men to live in poverty, making them more at risk for eviction. With the moratorium on eviction ending last week, future policy will dictate whether or not Oklahomans at risk of eviction will have further legal protections.  Read more about this likely topic of interest for Oklahoma lawmakers from Oklahoma Policy Institute.

Maternal Mortality Review Boards save lives. By reviewing the circumstances related to maternal deaths, a panel can determine what changes might help prevent these outcomes in the future. Metriarch partner OPQIC does some incredible work to elevate this issue and minimizes these outcomes- but more must be done. The Frontier has the full story on how seven of eight of the maternal deaths of Oklahoma women could have been prevented.

Was women’s suffrage a victory for all women, or just white women? With the anniversary of women's suffrage coming up, how should we recognize this historic event while acknowledging its exclusivity? What was actually accomplished by the 19th constitutional amendment? The National Geographic separates fact from fiction in this historical review. 

SalivaDirect is the new COVID-19 Saliva Test developed by Yale’s School of Public Health. The test just got fast-tracked for clearance from the FDA and is poised to rapidly expand access to testing across the United States. What makes these new saliva tests different is that they are far less invasive than the current nasal swab and blood antibody tests, and have shown to be equally sensitive with similar results. The lab at Yale that created the test is seeking to export its open-source lab procedures as well, in an effort to creating further testing efficiency. With persistent testing shortages across the country, our fingers are crossed and our hopes are high!

Read more about what makes this test different from Stat News.
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