A Racial Equity Toolkit for Midwifery Organizations

J Midwifery Womens Health. 2016 Nov;61(6):768-772. doi: 10.1111/jmwh.12551. Epub 2016 Oct 25.


Midwifery associations are increasing awareness and commitment to racial equity in the profession and in the communities we serve. Moving these commitments from words into action may be facilitated by a racial equity toolkit to help guide midwifery organizations to consider all policies, initiatives, and actions with a racial equity lens. Racial equity impact analyses have been used in recent years by various governmental agencies in the United States and abroad with positive results, and emerging literature indicates that nonprofit organizations are having similarly positive results. This article proposes a framework for midwifery organizations to incorporate a racial equity toolkit, starting with explicit intentions of the organization with regard to racial equity in the profession. Indicators of success are elucidated as the next step, followed by the use of a racial equity impact analysis worksheet. This worksheet is applied by teams or committees when considering new policies or initiatives to examine those actions through a racial equity lens. An organizational change team and equity advisory groups are essential in assisting organizational leadership to forecast potential negative and positive impacts. Examples of the components of a midwifery-specific racial equity toolkit are included.

Keywords: diversity; midwifery associations; racial equity.

MeSH terms

  • Achievement
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Midwifery*
  • Organizational Innovation*
  • Organizations*
  • Pregnancy
  • Racial Groups*
  • Racism*
  • Social Justice*
  • United States