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Black Women’s Mortality in Childbirth & Postpartum

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This program aired Friday, August 25th, 2020 @ 12 EST

Description: Join the National Center for Civil and Human Rights for a conversation on Black Women’s Mortality in Childbirth & Postpartum. Robin L. Jones, M.D. of Rush University, who chairs the Illinois state maternal mortality review committee will be joined by Angela Doyinsola Aina, MPH of Black Mamas Matter Alliance to explore what is being done and what can be done to reduce maternal mortality among black women.


Lauren Tate Baeza (Moderator)
Director of Exhibitions, The National Center for Civil and Human Rights

Lauren Tate Baeza is a curator, geographer, and Africanist with a professional background in NGOs and museums. She has led and consulted with environmental and community development initiatives in Kenya and Uganda, and has given talks at conferences, universities, and federal departments on appropriate technology, gendered implications of climate change, roles and responsibilities of museums,
and a range of topics related to Africa and the African Diaspora.

An advocate for art as a vehicle for critical thought and social change, she has previous experience at the Santa Monica Museum of Art, the Fowler Museum, and the APEX Museum, and has organized exhibitions for numerous organizations as an independent curator. Baeza has an MA in African Studies from UCLA and a BA in Africana Studies from California State University, Northridge. She has been featured on NPR and PBS,
as well as in ART PAPERS, ARTS ATL, Associated Press News, the Atlanta Voice, and Atlanta Tribune: The Magazine, which honored her as one of Atlanta Tribune’s Women of Excellence in 2018.

Personal Social Handles:
Instagram: @elletatebaeza

Robin L. Jones
M.D. of Rush University,
Chair, Illinois State Maternal Mortality Review Committee

Obstetrics and Gynecology at Rush University Medical Center. She serves as the Chair of the Illinois Department of Health Maternal Mortality Review Committee and is the Clinical Lead on the Birth Equality Initiative for the Illinois Perinatal Quality Collaborative. A native of Chicago, she continues to influence her community through the work as co-chair of the Westside United Care Coordination Workgroup.  She has served on the Illinois section of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecologists Executive leadership team and as Senior Medical Director for several Managed Care Organizations.

Angela Doyinsola Aina,
MPH of Black Mamas Matter Alliance

Angela Doyinsola Aina, MPH is a co-founder and the Executive Director of the Black Mamas Matter Alliance, where she works to convene Black Maternal Health professionals and community-based organizations to develop trainings, programs, quality improvement initiatives, research projects, and black feminist advocacy strategies to advance holistic maternity service provision, policy, and systems change in global public health.

Black Mamas Matter

Twitter: @BlkMamasMatter | Instagram: @blackmamasmatter




Action 1: Download the Black Mamas Matter Toolkit to better advocate for the health and well-being of Black women and girls.

Download Here

Action 2: Learn more about and support the National Black Doulas Association.
View the NBDA website here

Action 3: Become an ambassador for the Campaign for Equal Dignity and invite 10 friends to join the Campaign today.Some sample text to share includes:

  • We all deserve #EqualDignity: access to health security, quality education, voting rights, economic stability, & justice for all. These are our civil & human rights. Check out & sign the pledge at www.equaldignity.org.

  • One person, organization, or family cannot define what #EqualDignity is for us all. We believe it is access to health security, quality education, voting rights, economic stability, & justice for all. Join & sign the pledge for Equal Dignity at www.equaldignity.org.

  • Join our effort to reaffirm our belief of #EqualDignity & add your own beliefs too. A nation built by the people should have rights #ForThePeople.


August 25, 2020
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm