Washington, DC (December 15, 2020)—The Center for the Study of Social Policy (CSSP) has named Dr. Joia Crear-Perry, Founder and President of the National Birth Equity Collaborative (NBEC), to its Board of Directors. Dr. Crear-Perry brings to CSSP her knowledge and experience in promoting maternal and infant well-being combined with community impact and national leadership and advocacy for anti-racist approaches to improve the health and safety of Black mothers and children.
“We are delighted to have Dr. Crear-Perry join CSSP’s Board of Directors,” said Judith Meltzer, President of CSSP. “Dr. Crear-Perry’s expertise as a physician and her work to increase equity in Black maternal and child health outcomes is strategically aligned with CSSP’s mission to ensure racial, economic and social justice so that all children, families and communities can thrive.”
Dr. Crear-Perry’s work on maternal and infant health and access to affordable health care includes several positions; she has previously served as the Executive Director of the Birthing Project, Director of Women’s and Children’s Services at Jefferson Community Healthcare Center, and as the Director of Clinical Services for the City of New Orleans Health Department where she was responsible for four facilities that provided health care for the homeless, pediatric, WIC, and gynecologic services within the New Orleans clinical service area. Dr. Crear-Perry has been celebrated for her work to improve the availability and utilization of affordable health care for New Orleans’ citizens post the Hurricane Katrina disaster of 2005.
The National Birth Equity Collaborative (NBEC) creates solutions that optimize Black maternal and infant health through training, policy advocacy, research, and community-centered collaboration with the goal that all Black mothers and babies thrive. Dr. Crear-Perry has long been active in working to reduce racial disparities in maternal health, including having appeared twice before the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights urging a human rights framework to improve maternal mortality.
About CSSP. The Center for the Study of Social Policy is a national, non-profit policy organization that connects community action, public system reform, and policy change to create a fair and just society. We work to achieve a racially, economically, and socially just society in which all children and families thrive by translating ideas into action, promoting public policies grounded in equity, supporting strong and inclusive communities, and advocating with and for all children and families marginalized by public policies and institutional practices.