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Southcoast Health Celebrates Black History Month

Black History Month is an annual celebration of achievements by African Americans and a time for recognizing their central role in U.S. history. For Southcoast Health, it is also an opportunity to bring attention to the complex issue of health equity.

This February, Southcoast Health is committed to educating and broadening awareness about the history, triumphs and struggles of Black and African Americans throughout U.S. history. Join us as we learn more about our colleagues and community, while reflecting on our own journeys and perspectives.

Lunch & Learn: The History of Black Hair

On February 22, Southcoast Health employees will have the opportunity to join a Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Council Lunch & Learn via Teams or with their colleagues at several on-site streaming locations.

This session will provide insight on the history of hair as an integral part of African society and the integration of African and American cultures, including the impact it had on hair and its assimilation. Discussion will also include discrimination of hair expression which lead to the passage of the Crown Act.

28 Day Anti-Racism Challenge

Two- thirds of pregnancy-related deaths are preventable, and Black women are three times more likely to die from a pregnancy related cause than white woman. The Southcoast Perinatal Equity Council and the More Voices of Color Employee Resource Group (ERG) encourage you broaden your awareness by participating in the Institute for Perinatal Quality Improvement’s (PQI) 28 Day Anti-Racism Challenge. Join the challenge and receive an email with 28 daily activities designed to enhance your insights and provide you with the tools to support anti-racism efforts.

Buy Black New Bedford

Buy Black NB (BBNB) is a free community resource based in New Bedford that serves Black-owned businesses across the South Coast of Massachusetts. Celebrate Black History Month by supporting black-owned businesses, fostering economic empowerment, and contributing to a more inclusive marketplace in our community. Your support makes a difference!

More Voices of Color

One of five Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) at Southcoast Health, the More Voices of Color ERG strives to create a supportive, inclusive community of Southcoast Health Black colleagues and allies whose voices and actions together uplift our Southcoast family and community.

In a joint effort with the Southcoast Perinatal Equity Council, the More Voices of Color ERG worked with the Institute for Perinatal Quality Improvement (PQI) to encourage all Southcoast employees to participate in the 28 Day Anti-Racism Challenge.

Celebrating Our Colleagues