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Billy Penn Article Highlights Temple and Maternal Wellness Village Partnership Selected for $5.99 Million in Research Funding for Study on Black Maternal Heart Health

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A Billy Penn article highlighted a partnership between researchers at the Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University and community-based providers from Maternal Wellness Village, under the auspices of Oshun Family Center. The Katz School of Medicine and Maternal Wellness Village were approved for a five-year, $5.99 million award from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) to compare two approaches for reducing heart disease risk factors in Black birthing people. The overarching goal of the study is to eliminate disturbing disparities in heart disease, including heart attack and stroke, among Black women and birthing people during and after pregnancy. Sharon J. Herring, MD, MPH, Associate Professor of Medicine, Associate Professor of Obstetrics and Reproductive Sciences, and Director of the Program for Maternal Health Equity at the Katz School of Medicine, and Saleemah McNeil, MS, MFT, Program Director of Maternal Wellness Village, a collective of Philadelphia-based Black birth workers, are co-principal investigators on the study. Billy Penn interviewed Dr. Herring; Saleemah McNeil; Diona Murray, Co-Chair of a Community Advisory Board of nine Black women helping shape the structure of the study; and Hanan Abdul-Hameed, Community Advisory Board member and doula. The Philadelphia Tribune picked up the Billy Penn article.