Black Maternal Health Equity Summit

Livestream Registration

If you were unable to secure an in-person attendance space, you can still view a livestream of the BMHES by clicking the livestream registration button above! Livestream registration will be open until midnight on Friday, April 12.


The Clinical and Translational Science Collaborative of Northern Ohio is teaming up with over 25 statewide, regional, and national stakeholders to help advance Black maternal health equity during Black Maternal Health Week (created by Black Mamas Matter Alliance in 2018) through our first Black Maternal Health Equity Summit (BMHES).

The BMHES is a half-day convening of stakeholders from diverse industries whose formal and informal education, lived and work experience will help inform research questions and evidence-based solutions to advance health equity for Black mothers, and consequently, all mothers. Held at Cleveland State University’s Student Center Glasscock Ballroom, award-winning historian, public speaker, and author, Deirdre Cooper Owens, PhD, will deliver a keynote address to set the stage where we will hear stories from local mothers, and research and policy updates, challenges, and opportunities. Participants will have an opportunity to apply their learnings and shared insights during action tables. Teams will produce a Roadmap to Impact (from Washington University in St. Louis’ Translational Science Benefits Model Toolkit) and gain eligibility to apply for research funding opportunities (e.g., CTSC Voucher Program). 

View our Health Equity Challenge Series Book Discussion Kickoff Luncheon highlight reel featuring Deirdre Cooper Owens, PhD



In 2019, nearly 60 Black women died, in Ohio, for every 100,000 live births. 

(Trends in State-Level Maternal Mortality by Ethnic Group in the United States, July 2023)

  • 40% of Black women experience maternal mental health symptoms, nearly twice the rate of all women (March of Dimes

  • Over 25 state-wide stakeholders have committed to participating in the BMHES  

  • Participants will have an opportunity to apply for a $7,500 CTSC Voucher to advance their research idea through collaboration with a CTSC partner.


Event Details

Date Sunday, April 14, 2024
Time 12:00PM - 4:00PM
Venue Cleveland State University -  Student Center Glasscock Ballroom (2121 Euclid Ave., Cleveland, OH 44115) 
Cost Complimentary 
Register Register online here or by e-mailing Gelise Thomas, Director, Research Health Equity at before Tuesday, April 9, 2024 


Parking Information

Cost: Complimentary 

* Registrants will receive parking information and parking passes for printing in a follow up e-mail post-registration  


What to Expect

  • Brunch

  • Keynote Address by Dr. Deirdre Cooper Owens, PhD, award-winning historian, public speaker, and author of Medical Bondage: Race, Gender, and the Origins of American Gynecology 

  • Voices from Mothers to help frame and center the issues from a lived experience perspective 

  • Research & Policy Highlights, Gaps, and Opportunities to inform direction for resources and solutions 

  • Impact Rounds leading to a opportunities to secure funding to plan and implement  maternal health research projects leveraging a CTSC voucher with support from the Building Research for Academic and Community Equity (BRACE) Toolkit from MetroHealth’s Center for Health Equity, Engagement, Education, and Research 


Who Should Attend

  • Academia 
  • Business
  • Government 
  • Healthcare 
  • Law
  • Moms
  • Nonprofit Organizations
  • Philanthropy 
  • Reproductive Justice Workers 
  • Social Services
  • Students
  • Technology


Professional Development

Participation in the BMHES qualifies individuals for nine (9) CWRU Continuing Research Education Credits (CREC) through the CWRU CREC Program.


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