Around this time last year, a small band of alumni, students, faculty, and staff started up a conversation at a library roundtable on the severe disparities in maternal health in the U.S. That conversation had consequences: a dedicated student/alumni discussion and leadership group, new MCNY ties to community organizations and scholars in reproductive justice, a unique series of library programming (see here) — all supported by a Libraries Transform Communities Engagement Grant from the American Library Association.  


These activities will culminate early in February 2023 at an event at the Bronx campus event (4-6pm) — exact date still to be determined. Please join us as Peer Leaders present the Black Maternal Health Initiative Resource Booklet and new community partner Myla Flores of the Birthing Place shares her own and her collaborators’ work and advocacy.  

In the meantime, we leave you with an idea for a conversation starter as you connect with friends, family, and community during the holidays and school break. Many different cultures have traditional recipes for pregnancy-related and postpartum dishes that nurture and restore (see here); and often, in a city of fast foods, those traditions are lost. So, as we look toward wellness in 2023, we ask that you share your recipes and reach out to friends and family to recover more. You can pass them on through this shared recipe bank. Thank you!