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FAQs ABOUT BLACK COALITION FOR SAFE MOTHERHOOD- BCFSM™ and ACTT

BCFSM seeks to improve Black Maternal Health through promotion of healthcare advocacy and holistic community support of birthing people. BCFSM was established to promote the ACTT Curriculum in Black communities nationwide and beyond.

ACTT stands for the steps you can take to improve the experience of medical care and potentially have better results.

Ask questions until you understand the answers
Claim Your Space – Physical and Mental
Trust Your Body
Tell Your Story

Small groups of people are led by a trained ACTT Facilitator who guides the participants to practice speaking to medical professionals and staff to get the care they need and prefer. They role play responses to challenging situations and assert their rights to get the information needed to make their own health decisions. Meetings are virtual or in person.

No medical advice is given to participants in any ACTT programs.

1 to 2 hours depending on the size of the group.

ACTT Workshops are either free or very low cost such as $5 to $10.

No medical advice is given to participants in any ACTT programs.

Anyone can practice speaking up for oneself or for someone else in medical settings or during pregnancy and birth and beyond. Everyone in the Black community – preconception, pregnant or non-pregnant, spouses, partners, family, friends, coworkers, church members, and anyone who wants to be better prepared to support others in their health care journey can participate.

Check the Workshop and Training Calendar on this website and sign up by clicking on the link in the Workshop date you prefer. Or see the Facilitators’ page and connect to an ACTT Facilitator in your area to find out when they offer Workshops. Or email [email protected] to request an event to fit your schedule.

An ACTT Workshop is an interactive, educational program offered in the Black community. An ACTT Facilitator Training is a 3-step process to prepare those who want to lead ACTT Workshops in their community.

Community educators of all backgrounds can train as ACTT Facilitators and offer Workshops in their community for the people they serve.

The fee is $175 and scholarships are available depending on the circumstances.

Step 1. Two hour ACTT Facilitators’ Training, including ACTT Workshop.
Step 2. One hour ACTT Curriculum and Slides Review and Q&A.
Step 3. ACTT Facilitator Trainee’s First ACTT Workshop is observed or cofacilitated by an experienced ACTT Facilitator.