Racial Justice and Health Equity
The Women’s Preventive Services Initiative (WPSI), a collaborative initiative led by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, is committed to the health and well-being of all women across their lifespan. We are committed to using our collective voices and positions to oppose racism and bring about equity and justice.
During these tumultuous times when the level of the country’s awareness of horrific acts of violence impacting Black people is increased, we are also acutely aware that black women, women of other ethnic minority groups, and women living in poverty face disproportionate barriers to basic health care. WPSI supports and promotes access to health care for all women, regardless of race, color, age, gender assignment, gender identity, sexual orientation, ethnicity, personal circumstances, political or religious affiliation, migrant status, economic standing, or country of origin.
We recognize that Black women are at increased risk and face threats simply by performing daily activities because of the systemic racism in our society. With respect to the delivery of health care, Black women face greater risks of maternal morbidity and mortality than white women and face greater risk of exposures to environmental toxics that impact their lives and the lives of their families. WPSI’s role of promoting access to care for preventive services as a covered benefit helps mitigate against health inequities.
Achieving racial equity and racial justice is not the work of one person, or one organization. It takes all of us to bring about change. Black lives matter. WPSI calls for all health care professionals to unite in an equitable and peaceful world.
Jeanne A. Conry, MD, PhD, FACOG, WPSI chairperson, and Kimberly Gregory, MD, MPH, FACOG, WPSI Advisory Panel Chairperson
The charge of the WPSI is to develop recommendations for women’s preventive health services. The WPSI recommendations apply primarily to cisgendered women but can be relevant and applicable to individuals who are transgender, non-binary, or otherwise gender-expansive. Founded on the principles of promoting equitable sex-and-gender-based care, WPSI recommends access to and the provision of respectful, gender-affirming, high-quality, and safe health care.