Community Conversation 4: Systemic Racism in Maternal Health

May 4, 2021, 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

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The Racial Justice Initiative is a chance for members of the Micah community to take a deep dive into the systems of bias, racism, and oppression that continue to cause the racial disparities we see in D.C., in the United States, and globally. Each month, facilitator Rachel Faulkner will lead us in a Community Conversation exploring a specific area where inequities exist across racial lines, including education, justice, healthcare, and wealth. During each thematic session we will hear from content experts, community organizers, and leaders who are working in the field to change the way race determines outcomes.

Session 4

Washington DC is home to a decades long maternal and infant mortality crisis that disproportionately impacts Black women. There are currently no maternity wards east of the Anacostia River, and about half of Black women in DC do not get prenatal care until their second or third trimester. Nationally, Black women are three to four times more likely to die in pregnancy than white women. Our panel will help us explore the role systemic racism and divestment play in creating tragic consequences for Black families in reproductive health experiences, pregnancy and birth journeys.

Learn more on the Racial Justice Initiative Resource Page.

For the Zoom information, watch for the link in our weekly emails or contact the office.