Oversight Committee and Black Maternal Health Caucus to Hold Press Conference Ahead of Black Maternal Health Hearing

May 3, 2021
Press Release

Washington, D.C. (May 3, 2021)—On Thursday, May 6, 2021, Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney, the Chairwoman of the Committee on Oversight and Reform, will hold a press conference with Members and advocates  ahead of the Committee’s hearing that will examine the maternal mortality and morbidity crisis experienced by Black birthing people in America. 


Across the United States, Black people are at disproportionate risk of death and adverse health outcomes before, during, and after pregnancy.  This public health crisis is rooted in America’s historical and ongoing legacy of structural racism and manifests today in racial disparities inside and outside of birth settings. 


Black people are three to four times more likely to experience pregnancy-related death than their white counterparts, and they experience higher rates of pregnancy complications, infant loss, and miscarriage regardless of socioeconomic status, geography, or education.  The coronavirus pandemic has disproportionately harmed Black people in the United States and worsened pre-existing health disparities.




Chairwoman Maloney will hold a press conference with fellow congresswomen and advocates in advance of the full committee hearing on Black maternal health.




Thursday, May 6, 2021, at 10:15 a.m. EDT




Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney

Chairwoman of the Committee on Oversight and Reform


Congresswoman Robin Kelly

Committee Member


Congresswoman Alma S. Adams, Ph.D.

Co-Chair, Black Maternal Health Caucus


Congresswoman Lauren Underwood

Co-Chair, Black Maternal Health Caucus


Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley

Committee Member


Congresswoman Cori Bush

Committee Member


Charles Johnson

Husband of Kira Johnson and Founder of 4Kira4Moms


Angela D. Aina

Co-founding Executive Director,  Black Mamas Maternal Alliance


Media should RSVP to OversightPress@mail.house.gov by Thursday, May 6, 2021 at 8:00 AM for dial-in information.



117th Congress