Katherine Barrett Joins March for Moms as Executive Director

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March for Moms, a national nonprofit that organizes citizens from across the country to improve the wellbeing of American mothers, has named Katherine Shea Barrett as the founding Executive Director.

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March for Moms, a national nonprofit that organizes citizens from across the country to improve the wellbeing of American mothers, has named Katherine Shea Barrett as the founding Executive Director. Ms. Barrett joins March for Moms from the Massachusetts Health Policy Commission, where she served as the Policy Director for Care Delivery Transformation and Strategy, and drove critical improvements to the delivery of health care across the Commonwealth. She brings 15 years of leadership experience in both the private and public sectors aimed at making health care delivery more safe, affordable and equitable for Massachusetts families.

“Katie’s values, ability to bridge diverse perspectives, and unremitting commitment to vulnerable families align closely with the founding principles of March for Moms. Her appointment as Executive Director is a watershed moment in the movement to ensure all mothers get the care and support they deserve,” said Ginger Breedlove, Chair of the March for Moms Association Board of Directors.

Ms. Barrett’s appointment comes at a time when Americans are 50% more likely to die in childbirth than their own mothers were—a risk that is consistently three to four times higher for black women than white women. These statistics place the United States as the nation with the worse maternal health outcomes in the developed world.

“As a mother, I understand from firsthand experience that childbirth can be stressful, socially isolating, and even mortally dangerous—and also that it doesn’t have to be this way. Every person should be able to grow their family safely, and with dignity,” said Ms. Barrett.

About March for Moms
March for Moms organizes citizens to improve the wellbeing of our nation’s moms with a signature rally in Washington DC that will take place this year on Saturday, May 11, just before Mother’s Day. Since the first rally two years ago, March for Moms has grown into a coalition representing more than forty leading organizations that act as stewards of maternal health and wellbeing. By aligning and coordinating the efforts of these organizations and elevating the voices of American families, the March for Moms coalition successfully advocated for the Preventing Maternal Deaths Act of 2018, which was signed into law by the President of the United States. To date, March for Moms has raised public awareness and helped drive significant public and private investment in the wellbeing of mothers. In addition to wide media coverage, clips from the national rally have been viewed on social media more than two million times. To learn more about the March for Moms, visit http://www.MarchforMoms.org.

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