Nikia Lawson, Qiana Lewis-Arnold and Prinscilla Moore are changing the narrative about black infant mortality, black maternal mortality and black maternal morbidity. In support of our eight-part series — The_Gap — I sat down with these there North Texas thought leaders to talk about some very pressing issues. The result was a podcast we’ll publish over three episodes. Here is a short teaser. Episode one is coming next week. Please listen. #BlackMaternalHealthWeek #EveryWeekIsBlackMaternalHealthWeek
As we develop the script and take a deep dive into Episode One of our eight part series, The_Gap, I am encouraged and moved by the stunning statements made by President Lyndon Baines Johnson on healthcare. Leadership — at the national state and municipal levels — remains essential in presenting a path forward. He said, “Investing in the health of infants and moms was the ‘best’ investment our Nation could make.” Beautifully stated.
As we continue sharing our vision for confronting BIMR through our documentary series entitled, The_Gap, more and more communities are presenting stories about this as a matter of pubic health. San Bernardino County (California) reports a BIMR of 13.2 against 5.2 for infants of other races. Stunning, not really. Tragic is more accurate. Here is the piece.
What’s interesting to me about this article is the importance of nurse/family partnership in altering outcomes for both mother and infant. Here is the article: https://www.ibj.com/articles/72803-dr-richard-feldman-lawmakers-can-do-much-more-to-stem-infant-mortality
An important article about motherhood in America: https://www.hsph.harvard.edu/magazine/magazine_article/america-is-failing-its-black-mothers/
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