Thanks to the Tarrant Chronicle for publishing my piece. Please read: https://tarrantchronicle.com/2019/04/20/a-black-mans-view-of-black-infant-mortality/
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