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Racism and reproduction — What black women need to know

Thursday, January 24, 2019, 7:00pm - 8:30pm RSVP for this event
The LA84 Foundation 2141 West Adams Boulevard Los Angeles, CA 90018 Map and directions
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Black babies in the United States are far less likely than white babies to reach life's simplest milestones: to form words, to learn to crawl, to take their first steps.

That's because black babies born in the United States are two times more likely to die before their first birthday than white babies. The numbers are even worse in Los Angeles, where black babies are three times more likely than white babies to die in their first year of life. Lowering those rates is a priority for local public health officials.

Powerful articles — as well as personal stories from celebrities like Beyoncé and tennis star Serena Williams — are reminders that even the most wealthy and healthy black women and their babies are vulnerable. KPCC’s Priska Neely, whose own family is part of the statistic, produced a series of stories examining the history of the black-white gap in outcomes for babies and what communities are trying to do to tackle the issue. Her reporting has shown income and access to care partly explain the persistence of the gap, that the root cause is a social one, and the suspected assailant is chronic stress brought on by being a black woman in this country.

Join Priska Neely and a panel of guests as they share personal stories and information women can use to empower themselves — in and outside of the doctor’s office — to improve outcomes for their babies and themselves.

Raena Granberry – mother and maternal-child health advocate

More guests to be announced.