Catalyzing a Reproductive Health and Social Justice Movement

Sarah Verbiest, Christina Kiko Malin, Mario Drummonds, Milton Kotelchuck

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Objectives The maternal and child health (MCH) community, partnering with women and their families, has the potential to play a critical role in advancing a new multi-sector social movement focused on creating a women’s reproductive and economic justice agenda. Since the turn of the twenty-first century, the MCH field has been planting seeds for change. The time has come for this work to bear fruit as many states are facing stagnant or slow progress in reducing infant mortality, increasing maternal death rates, and growing health inequities. Methods This paper synthesizes three current, interrelated approaches to addressing MCH challenges—life course theory, preconception health, and social justice/reproductive equity. Conclusion Based on these core constructs, the authors offer four directions for advancing efforts to improve MCH outcomes. The first is to ensure access to quality health care for all. The second is to facilitate change through critical conversations about challenging issues such as poverty, racism, sexism, and immigration; the relevance of evidence-based practice in disenfranchised communities; and how we might be perpetuating inequities in our institutions. The third is to develop collaborative spaces in which leaders across diverse sectors can see their roles in creating equitable neighborhood conditions that ensure optimal reproductive choices and outcomes for women and their families. Last, the authors suggest that leaders engage the MCH workforce and its consumers in dialogue and action about local and national policies that address the social determinants of health and how these policies influence reproductive and early childhood outcomes.

LanguageEnglish (US)
Pages741-748
Number of pages8
JournalMaternal and Child Health Journal
Volume20
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 1 2016

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Reproductive Health
Social Justice
Social Determinants of Health
Health Manpower
Sexism
Racism
Maternal Death
Health Services Accessibility
Quality of Health Care
Evidence-Based Practice
Emigration and Immigration
Health
Infant Mortality
Poverty
Health Policy
Fruit
Seeds
Economics
Child Health
Maternal Health

Keywords

  • Health equity
  • Infant mortality
  • Life course
  • MCH leadership
  • Preconception
  • Reproductive equity
  • Social determinants of health

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Epidemiology
  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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Catalyzing a Reproductive Health and Social Justice Movement. / Verbiest, Sarah; Malin, Christina Kiko; Drummonds, Mario; Kotelchuck, Milton.

In: Maternal and Child Health Journal, Vol. 20, No. 4, 01.04.2016, p. 741-748.

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Verbiest, S, Malin, CK, Drummonds, M & Kotelchuck, M 2016, 'Catalyzing a Reproductive Health and Social Justice Movement' Maternal and Child Health Journal, vol. 20, no. 4, pp. 741-748. DOI: 10.1007/s10995-015-1917-5
Verbiest S, Malin CK, Drummonds M, Kotelchuck M. Catalyzing a Reproductive Health and Social Justice Movement. Maternal and Child Health Journal. 2016 Apr 1;20(4):741-748. Available from, DOI: 10.1007/s10995-015-1917-5
Verbiest, Sarah ; Malin, Christina Kiko ; Drummonds, Mario ; Kotelchuck, Milton. / Catalyzing a Reproductive Health and Social Justice Movement. In: Maternal and Child Health Journal. 2016 ; Vol. 20, No. 4. pp. 741-748
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