Introducing Reproductive Health (RH) Impact : The Collaborative for Equity & Justice

September 20, 2023

We are thrilled to announce a momentous transformation in our journey toward a more equitable and just world for Black communities. Today, we proudly announce the official launch of Reproductive Health (RH) Impact: The Collaborative for Equity & Justice and introduce our Executive Leadership Team as we cease operations under and on behalf of the National Birth Equity Collaborative (NBEC).

Over the years, our commitment to advancing reproductive health, rights and justice has grown stronger and more focused. With this shift in leadership and rebranding as a new entity, we are not only embracing a new name but also a renewed sense of purpose, unity, and vision. RH Impact is more than just a name; it symbolizes our unwavering dedication to fostering equity and justice in Black people’s experience.

Our vision

Creating a world where Black communities can achieve our full potential for reproductive health, wellbeing, safety and joy.

Our mission

In collaboration with communities, RH Impact challenges systemic inequities to achieve reproductive equity and justice. We apply research and evaluation to policy advocacy, capacity-building and power-shifting strategies while centering the lived experiences, scholarship and activism of Black communities.

The transition to RH Impact signifies our resolve to amplify Black voices and expertise, ensuring that their needs and aspirations take center stage.

What does RH Impact stand for?

Reproductive Health: Our work is rooted in reproductive justice, racial equity, and human rights frameworks to improve health equity for all by prioritizing the impacts of the social and structural determinants of health as well as their root causes (e.g., racism and other intersecting oppressions).

Impact: RH Impact is nationally recognized for providing expertise on health equity, reproductive health, birth outcomes, public insurance, respectful health care including well-woman, maternal, and prenatal care, community-based engagement, staff development and integration to address biases and racism among those who interact with pregnant people in outpatient and inpatient settings.

Collaborative: We believe in the power of partnership and collaboration. This is why we have a unique shared leadership model. Six Vice Presidents lead RH Impact together, embodying our approach to collaboration with our partners to create meaningful change.

Equity: Our core value is equity. We strive for a world where everyone has equal access to reproductive healthcare, education, and choice, with a particular focus on Black communities.

Justice: Justice is at the heart of our mission. We are committed to dismantling systemic barriers and promoting justice in reproductive health policies and practices.

Join us on this exciting journey as we embark on a new chapter as RH Impact. Together, we will continue our vital work to create a world where Black communities can achieve our full potential for reproductive health, wellbeing, safety and joy.

Thank you for your unwavering support, and we can’t wait to achieve new milestones together with Reproductive Health (RH) Impact: The Collaborative for Equity & Justice.

In collaboration,
Reproductive Health (RH) Impact: The Collaborative for Equity & Justice

Executive Leadership Team

  • Carmen Green, MPH, Vice President of Research & Strategy
  • Inas-Khalidah Mahdi, MPH, DrPH(c), Vice President of Equity-Centered Capacity Building
  • Jauna Crear, JD, MBA, Vice President of Finance and Compliance
  • Khalilah Elliott, Vice President of Institutional Development & Capacity Building 
  • Nia Mitchell, MPH, Research and Policy Center
  • Shani Hunter, Vice President of Administration and Human Resources

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