EoE Maternity Black History Month - Covid and Pregnancy & Understanding and Supporting the Health Needs of Asylum Seekers and Refugees

3rd November 2021
12:00 - 15:00
Virtual – Microsoft Teams
Entry Fees

A webinar to discuss the inequalities concerning vaccination and pregnant women and to understand the importance of cultural competence on healthcare issues affecting asylum seekers and refugees in connection with neonatal, maternity and perinatal mental health.

The 3 hour webinar will consist of short presentations, group discussion and practical activities. Participants will be encouraged to work collaboratively together to identify appropriate ways to implement learning and consider next steps.

Webinar Agenda:

12:00 – Opening & Introduction  


12:05 – GP experience of supporting Refugees and Asylum Seekers – Dr Emily Clark
12:20 – Race Matters – midwifery staff project – Jane Bekoe, Project Midwife – Royal College of Midwifery
12:35 – COVID vaccination & Pregnancy – Dr Eleanor Powers, Public Health Registrar, NHS England& NHS Improvement East of England
12:55 – Break 
13:00 – Asylum Seekers and Refugees – Cultural Awareness Workshop – Rose McCarthy – Maternity Stream of Sanctuary
15:00 – Close



  • To identify ways of working with and supporting asylum seekers and refugees
  • Develop awareness of cultural background and ethnicity in regards to accessing healthcare services
  • To discuss how services can be adapted to meet the needs of asylum seekers and refugees
  • To identify sustainable community engagement strategies
  • To discuss Covid vaccination and pregnancy/maternity data
  • Highlight inequality around Covid vaccinations and pregnancy
  • Provide recommendations to ICS & Local Maternity & Neonatal Systems (around vaccinations)
  • To discuss the RCM project around hearing the lived experience of ethnic minority midwives

By the end of the workshop delegates will:

  • Understand the barriers that asylum seekers and refugees experience when accessing healthcare services
  • Identify how services can be adapted to ensure they provide better access for asylum seekers and refugees
  • Consider how you as a professional can adapt your work to ensure it is inclusive for all community groups
  • As a professional consider how you can develop greater links with local community groups and organisations
  • Identify outreach strategies, provision of information in appropriate format and ways of engaging with different communities
  • Create opportunities for networking, signposting and joint working
  • Have a better understand of statistics regarding Covid vaccinations in pregnant women and inequalities
  • Recognise that our workforce is the community we are serving, cultural awareness increases staff & public inclusion and addresses inequalities

Audience: MVP maternity voices partnership – service user reps, midwives, nurses, doctors, commissioners, and other key professionals who work with maternity and neonatal services.

If you have any queries please contact Rachel Heathcock, Senior Project Officer – Equality in Health, East of England LGA, email; Rachel.Heathcock@eelga.gov.uk 


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