EQUATE’s Mission & Values


  • Champion equity and full, healthy lives
  • Advance CV health and eliminate barriers to care access and quality

EQUATE Essential Elements

  • Emphasis on underserved and Black populations and engagement of HBCUs
  • Centrality of community involvement
  • Projects that leverage technology
  • Large diverse team with longstanding collaborative successes

The Promise of EQUATE

  • Centering community voices
  • Cross-project and cross-core synergy
  • EQUATE takes us towards maternal and infant health equity where all pregnant and birthing persons and their families thrive

Aims of EQUATE Network

4 aims of EQUATE Network

Transforming Maternal-Infant Health Equity Beyond the AHA HERN through enduring collaborations to improve access and quality

Our Conceptual Framework

Our Conceptual Framework

Structural determinants of health, including Jim Crow, Slavery, the 13th Amendment, Redlining and the GI Bill are the drivers of adverse social determinants. These adverse social determinants coalesce to influence the health and wellbeing of birthing people, and are embodied in disparate outcomes for BIPOC birthing people and their infants.

Adapted from: Howell, Clin Obstet Gynecol. 2018 June ; 61(2): 387-399 and Kramer MR, et al. Am J Obstet Gynecology. 2019; 221(6): 609 and Crear-Perry J et al, J Women’s Health (Larchmt) 2021;30(2):230-5. Model is modified from model created by Alison Stuebe.

World Health Organization
Mortal “Delays” to Health Access & Quality

Mortal “Delays” to Health Access & Quality

These delays are due to structural barriers and adverse SDoH. We propose studies to provide evidence for scalable and sustainable approaches that address the root causes.

Adapted from: MacDonald, T., Jackson, S., Charles, MC. et al. The fourth delay and community-driven solutions to reduce maternal mortality in rural Haiti: a community-based action research study. BMC Pregnancy Childbirth 18, 254 (2018).

Guiding Principles

  • All partners receive equal respect, share power
  • Diverse perspectives are included
  • Mutual benefit for all partners
  • Partners translate research into practice & policy
  • Partners sustain relationship after project ends

EQUATE Will Center Community Voices

Local and national stakeholders