UAMS to Hold Panel Discussions About Black Maternal Mortality

By Kalee Sexton

The film follows Nina, a pregnant Black woman navigating her career, marriage and motherhood while dealing with race-related stress. Currently, Black women in the United States are three to four times more likely to die from complications of pregnancy and childbirth than white women are.

The one-hour small group Zoom sessions will take place March 16 at 5 p.m. and March 29 at 6 p.m. During the sessions, participants will view the 20-minute film and engage in a discussion focused on health equity, and steps community members can take to lower the Black maternal mortality rate.

The community sessions are part of a smaller discussion series leading to a distinguished panel discussion on March 30 at 5 p.m. Panelists include Haywood Brown, M.D., of the University of South Florida Health; Veronica Gillespie, M.D., of Ochsner Health in Louisiana; William Greenfield, M.D., of the UAMS Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology; and Deborah Frazier, RN, of the National Healthy Start Association.

To sign up for the community sessions, click here. To sign up for the March 30 distinguished panel discussion, click here.

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