NMI student Renea Morales receives 2017 Maternal Child Health Champions Award

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Congratulations to NMI student Renea Morales, 2017 recipient of one of the Association for Wholistic Maternal and Newborn Health’s Maternal Child Health Champions Awards! Renea is one of two individuals who as been awarded the Dr. Paul M. Fleiss, MD, MPH Future Leader Award.

Description of the award: To honor an up and coming professional/student in the field who shows great promise and aptitude to make a significant change in society or the field of medicine, midwifery, nursing or doula support. This award is given in honor of beloved Los Angeles pediatrician Paul M. Fleiss, MD, MPH, who inspired and supported many maternal-child health practitioners and leaders.

The Maternal-Child Health Champion Awards Ceremony will follow the 2017 BIRTHING JUSTICE FORUM, which takes place THIS WEDNESDAY, September 27, 2017. More info and website below. Tickets still available!


The 2017 BIRTHING JUSTICE FORUM will bring together MCH and mental health professionals who are committed to creating a new paradigm of maternity care in our country, counties, and neighborhoods, and work for autonomy, justice and equity in maternity care.  We will also honor Maternal-Child Health Professionals who are exemplary in their commitment to Birthing Justice. 

1. Discuss how historical injustices occurring among women of color in the U.S. impact physical and mental health of mothers and children.
2. Describe four human rights of childbearing persons.
3. Apply the socioecological framework to address domains of influence on perinatal health inequities and disparities.
4. Develop an action plan/community intervention to create positive social change to transform social/individual determinants of perinatal health

Wednesday, September 27, 2017
Birthing Justice Forum: 8:30 am to 6:00 pm
MCH Champion Awards Ceremony: 4:30 pm to 6:00 pm

California Endowment Center for Healthy Communities
1000 N. Alameda St. 
Los Angeles, CA 90012