Our work to shine the light on Black Infant Mortality (BIMR) and Maternal Morbidity is an expression of our commitment to humanity. Last year, we began working alongside Medical Wings, International and Love and Light Ministries to provide care for some who happen to live on the street or are homeless. Many thanks to my colleagues Glenda Johnson and Heather Dixon for their sustaining work on this project. Here is a short documentary introducing the story: 1000 Acts of Service
Our work in developing The_Gap: A Series About Black Infant Mortality, has led us to conclude there are eight primary factors influencing Black Infant Mortality and Maternal Deaths. Our series, over eight episodes, will present extraordinary moving stories of hope and loss that will serve to illuminate this public health nightmare.
The Proof Coalition– a non- profit organization based in North Texas — hosted a summit on fatherhood. We appreciate their leadership team inviting us to speak about Black Infant Mortality and maternal deaths.
Our series— The_Gap— is scripted and designed to illuminate the factors which lead to Black Infant Mortality and Maternal Morbidity. Thanks to journalist @_erinmansfield for reporting on the townhall event and the sheer importance of the topic: https://tylerpaper.com/news/local/our-babies-are-dying-black-leaders-speak-out-on-infant/article_cc61ec28-41a0-11e8-b79a-b7fddc3125a8.html
Thanks to the leadership team of Smith County NAACP and Black Nurses Rock (Cedric Grandstaff and Lisa Williams) for hosting our team. It was an extraordinary townhall on Black Infant Mortality and Maternal Morbidity.
Many thanks to journalist Robert Warren and the staff @TheDentonite for their generous article and coverage about our work. Thank you! http://www.thedentonite.com/culture/local-filmmakers-work-on-documentary-about-black-infant-mortality
FACING THE REALITY OF BLACK INFANT MORTALITY IN NORTH TEXAS
Local Activist and NAACP Leader Present an Important Townhall
Denton, TX — February 22, 2018 — Willie Hudspeth announced today that he is organizing a ‘townhall’ meeting to bring attention to black infant mortality (BIMR) and maternal morbidity rates throughout North Texas. As a recent study from the University of Texas System revealed, there are wide variations in counties and even zip codes— but sadly, according to the study, black mothers and infants suffer the highest death rates.
The ‘townhall’ meeting will feature three speakers at the leading edge of the societal and medical implications of this public health crisis. Nikia Lawson, founder of The Natural Birthing Project leads an organization that focuses on education, advocacy and support for Moms exhibiting risks for complicated pregnancies with to obtain better outcomes. Talaun Simmons, PhD, Assistant Professor at the University of Texas-Arlington, understands and interprets the data and metrics around this topic. Lindell Singleton, documentary film producer and director, is developing a two-part television series entitled, ‘The_Gap,’ which will explore the eight factors which influence this topic and present a framework for solutions. Singleton, along with Garrett Graham, former adjunct professor at UNT, will screen the trailer for “The_Gap” at the ‘townhall.’
“It is important that we consider the future of Denton County and all of the North Texas region. We must simplify the complexity of health care and improve access as this is essential to mothers, children and families. It’s my belief that what happens to our mothers and children has a direct impact on our future. We need revolutionary ideas and approaches to create a different future,” said Hudspeth.
Location: City of Denton-Police Training Center – 719 East Hickory, Denton, Texas
Date: February 28, 2018
Time: 6:30 p.m.