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State of Black Maternal Mental Health Webinar


Jul 22, 2021 12:03 PM

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Tanay L Harris
Executive Director @Mommy Up
Tanay Lynn Harris is the Founder of Mommy Up and co-Founder of The Bloom Collective in Baltimore, that is dedicated to the well-being of Mamas, Birthing persons, families and community. Mommy Up is centered on advocacy, cultivating community and restoring holistic well-being. The Bloom Collective provides vital support to community including: breastfeeding & chest feeding consultations, therapy, holistic childbirth education, parenting counseling, research and reproductive and racial justice trainings. Tanay believes that if mamas and community are given space and place to be their most whole selves in a supportive and nurturing way, we will manifest the strength to build up our children, families and the larger community. She has worked at various human rights and racial justice institutions over the past 15 years both nationally and internationally.
Marsha Jones
Executive Director @Afiya Center
Marsha Jones, a Texas native is Co-founder and Executive Director of The Afiya Center. She holds Bachelor's Degree in Psychology and a graduate of the Black AIDS Institute's African American HIV University (Science and Community Mobilizing Fellowship Program) and Tyndale Theology School. Marsha has served on various boards and capacities as an act of service to and honor of Black women. A national grassroots organizer, community mobilizer, professional speaker, and health educator with a commitment to transforming women and girls’ lives. She’s pledged to the development of leadership and engagement of activism among women by challenging harmful systemic and political constructs to advance the economic, health, and safety of women and girls.
Chauntel Norris
Co- Founder @Baobab Birth Collective
Chauntel Norris is a dynamic DONA trained birth doula, Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator and Certified Lactation Counselor. She serves as Manager of Advocacy, Forward Vision & Change for the Alabama Prison Birth Project where she provides compassionate and dignified care to pregnant and postpartum incarcerated women. Her goal is to help them overcome obstacles so that they are able to maintain maternal bonds, protect their mental health, and decrease the harm of being separated from their babies and communities. Chauntel believes that bonded mothers and babies lead to healthier families, which in turn lead to healthier communities. Chauntel is a 2021 Aspen Healthy Communities Fellow, the Co-Founder of Baobab Birth Collective where she does birthwork in the community, a Kindred Partner of the Black Mamas Matter Alliance, a Reaching Our Sisters Everywhere (ROSE) Community Transformer and serves on the board of the Alabama Breastfeeding Committee.
Dr. Sayida Peprah
Founder/ Executive Director @Diversity Uplifts, Inc
Dr. Sayida’s work in maternal health includes serving as Co-Director for the Frontline Doulas and the Sankofa Birthworkers Collective community-based doula programs, in Southern California. She is also an active member of the Black Women Birthing Justice Collective and a Collaborator with the Black Mamas Matter Alliance, promoting research, education and community-based services to positively transform birthing experiences of black families. Dr. Sayida has served and continues to serve on advisory committees to improve maternal health including the California Maternal Quality Care Collaborative (Maternal Suicide Review Committee 2018-2019 & Maternal Mortality Review Committee 2020- Present), Perinatal Equity Initiative Committees of San Bernardino and Riverside County 2019- Present, and others aimed at identifying key risks and opportunities for quality improvement and prevention around disparities.
Ebony Marcelle
Certified Nurse Midwife
Ebony Marcelle is the Director of Midwifery at Community of Hope/Family Health and Birth Center. Formerly the Administrative Chief of Midwifery Service at Medstar Washington Hospital Center she completed her nursing education at Georgetown University and Midwifery at Philadelphia University. She was recognized by Save the Child for their “Real Award Midwife Honoree” in 2014. In 2015 she was recognized by the American College of Nurse Midwives with the “Young Whippersnapper” award for midwives excelling professionally with less than 10 years’ experience. In 2018 she completed the Duke University and Johnson & Johnson Nursing Leadership Fellowship. This year she will complete The Equity Lab’s “Seeding Disruption” Fellowship. Mrs Marcelle is known for her passion in midwifery and midwifery’s role in social justice. She continues to build culturally aware midwifery with driven clinical models of care specifically for underserved Black women.
Brittany Flournoy
Brittany Flournoy, LCSW, CCM, is an Intergenerational Trauma Specialist and Birth Equity Advocate at All Things Flow Therapy and Wellness, PLLC. She believes Healthy Births Matter and birthing populations have a right to a safe and supportive environment. Brittany has specialized knowledge and expertise working with birthing populations experiencing intense psychosocial needs and medical comorbidities in the greater Houston area. She emerged as a subject matter expert and recognized advocate during her role working with pregnant and postpartum women living with HIV/AIDS. Brittany is a graduate of the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work and the University of North Texas, where she pursued her studies in Applied Behavior Analysis and Development and Family Studies. Brittany is passionate about serving and advocating for black birthing populations while addressing and eliminating disparities and biases in healthcare settings.
Ifeyinwa Asiodu
MILK Research Lab Bio: Ifeyinwa Asiodu is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Family Health Care Nursing at University of California, San Francisco School of Nursing. She teaches in the Midwifery and Advanced Public Health Specialties and the Doctoral Program. Dr. Asiodu has been a Registered Nurse for over 18 years and her clinical expertise is in Lactation and Public Health, specifically Maternal, Child and Adolescent Health populations and programs. As a researcher, registered nurse, and lactation consultant, Dr. Asiodu’s work is focused on identifying and addressing the impact of social and structural determinants of health disparities during the reproductive life course, with a specific focus on human milk feedings, lactation support, contraception, and maternity care practices. Dr. Asiodu uses a critical ethnographic lens to inform all of her work. She is also actively engaged in local, state and national breastfeeding, reproductive health, maternal and child health.
Sunshine Muse
@Black Health New Mexico
With over 25 years of academic and professional training, and a lifelong commitment and passion for social justice and equity, Sunshine Muse brings a unique perspective and expertise to facilitation and program design for community, higher ed, health systems and social services. Muse has informed legislation, worked in sexual misconduct education and adjudication, designed domestic violence curriculum and worked as an instructor in the School of Nursing at Columbia University. Today, her work focuses on understanding and navigating the complex dynamics of health inequities and identifying and co-creating community centered solutions to address them. She is committed to improving maternal and child health outcomes and staying present in a sincere exploration of the places where joy meets health. She runs a Black women-led non-profit focused on shifting paradigms to help create a world where: public health is more effective.
Kimberly Seals Allers
Founder @Irth App
Kimberly Seals Allers is an award-winning journalist, five-time author, international speaker and strategist for maternal and infant health. A former senior editor at ESSENCE and writer at FORTUNE magazine, Kimberly is a leading voice on birth, breastfeeding and motherhood at the intersection of race, class and policy. She is the founder of Irth, (as in Birth but without the B for bias), the first-of-its-kind “Yelp-like” review and rating app for Black and brown women and birthing people to leave and find reviews of Ob/GYNs, hospitals, and pediatricians as a digital tool to address bias and racism in care and bring transparency and ac- countability to the medical system.
Kimberly Baker Johnson
Co-Founder @Full Circle Strategies
Dr. Kim Baker is an Assistant Professor at the UTHealth School of Public Health focused on reproductive and sexual health. She manages We Can Do More, a multi-partner systems intervention to increase access to contraception for women and teens in Harris County. She has also developed sexual health interventions informed by community needs targeting males, faith institutions and health providers. Her research interests include social determinants influencing sexual health that include media, racism, and health services