You’ve heard the shocking facts: Black Americans have 2.3 times the infant mortality rate as non-Hispanic whites. Black American infants are 3.8 times as likely to die from complications related to low birthweight as compared to non-Hispanic white infants.
The US is ranked a depressing 55 out of 225 countries in the world for infant mortality.
Why is this happening? And what can be done about it?
Watch our livestream, THIS TUESDAY, OCTOBER 13 at 7pm EST on Zoom and YouTube.
Join our own Wallye Holloway as she leads a panel of Black Doctors including:
Dr. Amber Brown
Dr. Amber Brown PT, DPT, WCS, CLT, RYT is the founder and owner of Root Physical Therapy and Wellness, a safe- space to learn about the root causes of your concerns, as well as Care 4 You First, a community for health and wealth tips and accountability.
As a Doctor of Physical Therapy and Board- Certified Women’s Health Specialist, her primary focuses are pelvic floor dysfunction and Black Maternal Health. She serves several clientele as a birth doula, certified lymphedema therapist and registered yoga teacher. She contributes to academia as a guest lecturer and with further research as she completes her second doctorate.
Dr. La Tanya Hines
Dr. La Tanya Hines, MD, FACOG, is a board certified Obstetrician-Gynecologist currently practicing at Kaiser Permanente’s West Los Angeles Medical Center. In this role, she provides care to an array of high-risk multi-cultural obstetrical patients in addition to her expertise as an Assistant Clinical Professor in the department of clinical sciences for the new Kaiser Permanente Bernard J. Tyson School of Medicine. Dr. Hines also currently serves as the Assistant Physician in Charge of the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Medical office building in South Los Angeles, which happens to be the largest medical office buildings in the United States.
Additionally, Dr. Hines has served as a principal researcher with the National Institutes of Health (NIH) on the side-effects of oral contraceptives with new users. Her many lectures have included menopause, cervical cancer, heath care disparities in African-American Women and the effects of obesity in pregnancy on women in Southern California.
Dr. Valencia P. Walker
Dr. Walker has garnered a national reputation for her diversity, equity and inclusion efforts within science, medicine and healthcare. She recently joined Nationwide Children’s Hospital as the Associate Chief Diversity and Health Equity Officer. Prior to her role at Nationwide, she served as an Assistant Dean of Equity and Diversity Inclusion for the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. A physician leader, Dr. Walker chairs the California Medical Association’s Council on Legislation and provides guidance on the legislative activity for the nearly 50,000 members represented by the organization. As a practicing neonatologist, she champions the elimination of maternal-infant health inequities.
Dr. Walker finished her undergraduate studies at Florida A&M University, received her medical degree from Emory University School of Medicine, completed a Neonatology Fellowship at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center and obtained a MPH from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.
Dr. Terri Major-Kincade
Dr. Terri Major-Kincade is a double board-certified Neonatologist and Pediatrician who specializes in the care or premature infants and their families. She is an expert in Neonatal Palliative Care, Racial Health Disparities around Birth and Maternal Health Outcomes, Follow-Up of High-Risk Infants and Physician-Parent Communication.
As the Chair for the Steering Committee for African American Outreach for the Texas Chapter of March of Dimes, Dr. Terri has facilitated local, state and national campaigns designed to maximize community partnerships for better birth outcomes. She additionally serves on the National Board of the Perinatal Loss and Infant Death Alliance and Return to Zero where she discusses strategies for cultural sensitivity to better support families experiencing neonatal loss.
Dr Major-Kincade is known for her exceptional care of babies and families and her ability to translate complex topics with humor, compassion and urgency. She is a sought after physician, speaker, and two time best-selling author in the area of Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine and Work-Life Balance.