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Empower Missouri - Hear from the Experts: Black Maternal Health

Date: Friday, May 3, 2019
Time: 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM
Location: Kansas City Public Library - Central Library
Address: 14 W 10th St, Kansas City, Missouri 64105

In the United States and Kansas City, Black women are three to four times more likely to die of pregnancy related complications than their white peers. Black infants are nearly twice as likely to die. Black, college educated women are more likely to have complications in childbirth than white women who never finished high school.

What causes these disparities and more importantly, what can be done about it? The Kansas City chapter of Empower Missouri has partnered with Uzazi Village to explore this topic in our First Friday Forum in May. Hakima Payne will lead a 90 minute panel on the topic starting at 12:00 noon after 30 minutes for networking. Join us.

Panelists Include:

  • Nika Renee Cotton, owner of Soulcentricitea and regional coordinator for poetry for personal power- discussing traditional healing and community care for Black women

  • Evonnie Woods of Repro Action- discussing reproductive justice for Black women

  • Justice Gatson of ACLU- discussing the intersection of health and the law and Black women

  • Dr. Tracy Johnson of Truman Medical Center- discussing how systemic racism and implicit bias impacts health outcomes

Parking is FREE - Park in the library lot and bring in your ticket.

2 hours free CEU available. Please e-mail