Equity and Equality Conference

Sharing best practices to improve Equity and Equality within maternity and neonatal services for Black, Asian, Ethnic Minority and LGBTQ+ women and birthing people.

20th July 2022
09:00 - 16:00
West Suffolk House, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, IP33 3YU
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For the first time since the pandemic, the East of England Local Government Association, Eastern Academic Health Science Network and East of England Regional Maternity Transformation Team (NHS) are excited to invite professionals to attend a face-to-face Equity and Equality conference – Making Improvements and Celebrating Successes. Please find the agenda here

The conference will provide an interactive and engaging opportunity to discuss the challenges and improvements made in addressing inequalities within healthcare especially maternity, neonatal and allied health for Black, Asian and Ethnic Minority women and pregnant people in East of England and surrounding regions.

Over the last two years there has been a much greater spotlight on the poor access, experience, and health outcomes of women of Black, Asian, and other minority ethnic groups. Sadly, profound inequality remains one of the persistent examples of racial health inequalities in the UK.

This conference is an opportunity to shift from virtually sharing of knowledge to face to face interactive sharing, learning, and promoting effective tools to continue making improvements and celebrating each step towards making every women/birthing person to enjoy their pregnancy experience and have better outcomes.

Attendees will have an opportunity to attend different interactive workshops at the conference each facilitated by an experience member of an ethnic minority community group/staff/Ally with expertise in Equality, Diversity & Inclusion and reproductive social justice/inclusion.

The overall aim is to identify both barriers and sustainable solutions to ensure we have services and systems that equitable, inclusive, and diverse for all regardless of your protected characteristics.

Objectives for the conference

  • To support systems/Trusts with practical hands-on solutions with addressing inequalities within workplace and community (using various tools and templates)
  • To give our systems and Trusts an opportunity to network and build professional relationships with various community groups and organisations so that we continue working towards more Equitable, Diverse, and Inclusive maternity and neonatal services, that addresses systematic and structural racism, discrimination, and micro-aggression.

(The agenda has been created based on various reports and strategies e.g., MMBRACE Report, WRES Report, Staff Survey, CQC Reports, CORE20PLUS5, Five X More: The Black Maternity Experience Report 2022 and Birth Rights Report into Racism in Maternity Care Report 2022, No More Tick Boxes, Turning the Tide BAME Maternity workforce report 2020,  What we need to thrive ASAM and SoAC report 2021)

Conference Audience includes:

Maternity, Neonatal and Perinatal Mental Health Staff, Black, Asian and Ethnic Minority Groups, Commissioners, Inequality Leads, GPs, Health Visitors, Public Health, Charities, Universities and Education Leads, Clinical Psychologists, Safeguarding Leads, Data Analysts and Local Authorities


Thank you to the event sponsors:

  • Anglia Ruskin University
  • CardMedic
  • Parents1st

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