Doctors know this, healthcare professionals know this, and we know this. And we are applying H.E.A.T. to this election. Mothers are dying every day in this country – while pregnant or while giving birth. Especially Black and Indigenous/Native American mothers. Bold action can change this – and we need to engage our candidates in the upcoming election to address this critical public health issue.
H.E.A.T. on Maternal Mortality is Doctors of the World’s voter education and advocacy initiative designed to engage our supporters, donors, volunteers, and healthcare professionals on the issue of maternal mortality in the United States. Through this pilot, we will enlist their help to engage their candidates to publicly commit to helping decrease the alarming disparities that exist, especially among Black and Indigenous women.
Leveraging our influence with healthcare professionals, combined with input from experts in the field, we seek to draw attention to the issue of maternal mortality to prompt candidates to publicly respond with their plans for how they will address it during their campaign.
Black and Indigenous mothers in the U.S. are dying at similar levels as mothers in underdeveloped countries. This is unacceptable and it is time for a change.