Our series— The_Gap— is scripted and designed to illuminate the factors which lead to Black Infant Mortality and Maternal Morbidity. Thanks to journalist 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.
This is from an exceptional article from the Asheville Citizen-Times outlining the health report card for the state of North Carolina. What’s interesting to us is the disparity remains consistent. Thanks to journalist Alexandria Bordas for this article.
Syed Hassan, candidate for Tarrant County Commissioner (Precinct 2) arranged a townhall meeting in Arlington, Texas to raise awareness around issues of black infant and black maternal mortality. Thanks to Nikkia Lawson and Dr. Talaun Simmons for being a part of this. Extraordinary insight on how this matter is affecting Texans. @Lindel153
Traditionally, the Hispanic infant mortality rate has been lower than the rate for Black babies. From this study commissioned by the University of Texas, there are zip codes in San Antonio where the infant mortality rate exceeds 16 deaths for every 1000 live births. The state average is around six, with the average for black babies hovering around 13 for every 1000 births. The trend should be going in a different direction. With our series, we’re going to shine the light as to why this disparity exists. Watch our sizzle reel. Support The_Gap. @Lindell153