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Black Maternal Morbidity and Mortality - Beyond the WHY!

Black Maternal Health Week (April 11 - 17) is a weeklong opportunity to build awareness, activism, and amplify the voices of birth workers and Black mothers who have lived experience. We know why Black women and babies are dying during or after childbirth.  Penn Nursing’s Center for Global Women’s Health, in collaboration with the National Coalition for 100 Black Women hosted a special panel presentation of dynamic birth workers and researchers who center the traditions of the reproductive and birth justice movements while discussing best practices and next steps in increasing the birth outcomes of Black mothers. Watch the April 11, 2023 recording here.


Megan Simmons, JD/MPA
Policy Director
National Birth Equity Collaborative (NBEC)

Tiffany M. Montgomery, PhD, RNC-OB, C-EFM
Coordinator, Women’s Services​
Medical City Las Colinas

Anuli Njoku, DrPH, MPH
Associate Professor – Health Equity/Health Promotion
Department of Public Health
College of Health and Human Services
Southern Connecticut State University

Marian Evans, MD, MPH, CRA
Associate Professor of Public Health
Coordinator of Master of Public Health Programs
Southern Connecticut State University
Department of Public Health


Shanna M. Williams, LCSW, MEd, CLC, PMH-C
Founder of S.W. Doula, LLC

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