NHSA-AIM CCI Racial Equity Learning Series (RELS)

About the NHSA-AIM CCI Racial Equity Learning Series (RELS)


Recent maternal mortality data released by the CDC in February show that maternal deaths in the U.S. increased from 754 to 861 deaths per year.  The death rate among non-Hispanic Black women remains 3 times the rate of White women. Inequitable treatment during pregnancy and the postpartum period is a significant factor in this tragic disparity, and racism is at the root of such inequity.   


In 2019, the National Healthy Start Association (NHSA) entered into a cooperative agreement with HRSA to pilot the Alliance for Maternal Health Community Care Initiative (AIM CCI), which seeks to develop non-hospital Maternal Safety Bundles (MSB) that are inculcated in equity and applicable in outpatient clinical and community-based settings to prevent severe maternal morbidity and mortality.  At NHSA-AIM CCI we strive for a health care system that is truly equitable, where racial identity holds no influence on maternal health outcomes. To that end, we are excited to announce the launch of our newly developed professional learning series to address racism’s impact on maternal health and beyond, the Racial Equity Learning Series (RELS).  


We hope that you will find RELS a useful resource, applicable to individuals and organizational teams, to deepen your understanding of the devastating effects of racism and explore strategies to combat racism from the waiting room to the board room, and beyond. 


RELS Overview and Frequently Asked Questions

RELS is comprised of seven modules. Each module contains topic information, activities, and a short, scored quiz designed to build upon the former module. Topics in the modules include, but are not limited to the acknowledgement and acceptance of racism, institutional transformation, personal, and systemic change.


RELS is accredited by the American Public Health Association, allowing the learner to earn a total of ten (10) Continuing Education Credits (CEC) for the entire series at no cost. CEC will be available to varying disciplines, including Continuing  Medical Education (CME) and Continuing Nursing Education (CNE). 

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