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01.25.2021 / Press Release

National Birth Equity Collaborative’s Joia Crear-Perry Honored as Families USA’s Health Equity Health Advocate of the Year

Washington, D.C. – Dr. Joia Crear-Perry, Founder and President of the National Birth Equity Collaborative (NBEC), has been recognized as Families USA’s Health Equity Health Advocate of the Year.

Dr. Crear-Perry earned the award because of her exemplary work championing for better health and health care. She is a nationally recognized health policy expert and thought leader around racism as a root cause of health inequities. In addition to her role at NBEC, she currently serves as a Principal at Health Equity Cypher and is on the board of trustees for several organizations focused on health equity and accessibility.

“Dr. Crear-Perry is an avid fighter for health justice and one of the country’s most passionate health equity health advocates,” said Lisa Hunter, Families USA’s senior director of strategic partnerships. “As a family-oriented medical professional, she has fought passionately for health equity and the reformation of maternal and child health policy.”

“I am proud to be honored as Families USA’s Health Equity Health Advocate of the Year, and of our shared commitment toward ensuring high-quality, affordable health care and improved health outcomes. Together, we will continue to take action to address structural changes and eliminate racial disparities in maternal and infant health.” -Dr. Joia Crear-Perry

Each year during its Health Action Conference, Families USA honors state and community leaders who are advancing social justice through health care advocacy. Awards represent the organization’s four focus areas: Health Equity, Health Care Value, Coverage, and Consumer Experience.

*The National Birth Equity Collaborative (NBEC) is a fiscally sponsored program of the Foundation for Louisiana (FFL) founded by Dr. Joia Crear-Perry and is a leading voice on racial disparities in Black maternal health care and birth equity. NBEC’s mission is to create solutions that optimize Black maternal and infant health through training, policy advocacy, research, and community-centered collaboration.