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Improving Health for Mothers of Color in Brooklyn

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Tuesday, May 21, 2013 at 6:30 PM

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The maternal mortality rate in NYC is 30% higher than it was 10 years ago. 
Women of color across the city feel this pain more than white mothers. 
Join Women's eNews and YWCA of Brooklyn to ask WHY?

Date: Tuesday, May 21
Time: 6.30pm - 8pm
Location: YWCA, 

Join the YWCA of Brooklyn and Women’s eNews for a screening of "When the Bough Breaks," part of the the 7-part PBS documentary "Unnatural Causes." Five years after the film aired the need for an open conversation about health outcomes for mothers of color is crucial.  Bough Breaks is a 25 minute film looking at the health and racial disparities for mothers and infants in the U.S.

Following the short film join us to discuss your needs as a mother in Brooklyn and share your stories with:

Yeashea BraddockYeashea Braddock is the Executive Director of the Brooklyn Young Mothers’ Collective, and organization that provides comprehensive services to pregnant and parenting adolescent young women. It provides legal information, advocacy training and social service support in order to prevent parent-child separations, child neglect and/or abuse as well as repeat pregnancies.BYMC helps young mothers’ move toward self-sufficiency through support services, leadership training and advocacy.

Ms. Braddock was previously the Community Based Doula at BYMC. She graduated from The Florida School Traditional Midwifery in 2007, and is a trained midwife. Additionally, Yeashea holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Public Health – Natural Sciences from the Johns Hopkins University. She is a native of New York City and grew up in Harlem where a majority of her family continues to reside. Yeashea Braddock currently lives in the South Bronx.

Natalie DavisNatalie Davis MD, MPH, FAAP, co-director of community pediatrics for the Brooklyn Hospital Center Pediatric Residency Program and Medical Director of La Providencia Family Health Care Center.

Dr. Langston-Davis is a Board-Certified pediatrician who completed her undergraduate education at Barnard College, Columbia Universityin 1991 and received her medical degree from SUNY-Downstate College of Medicine in 1998.  Dr. Davis completed a pediatric residency at Saint Vincent’s Hospital-New York Medical College in 2001; subsequently, Dr. Davis served as the program's chief resident for the 2001-2002 academic year.  In 2005 Dr. Davis completed a master’s degree in public health and the Primary Care Clinician Research Fellowship in Urban Community Health at Columbia University; a fellowship providing advanced training in the clinical practice and teaching of primary care in an urban, underserved community.

Dalila Paul

Dalila-Johari Paul, Special Projects Editor in charge of Women's eNews Black Maternal Health series exploring maternal health outcomes in the African American community. The Black Maternal Health Project's goal is to raise awareness and increase news coverage about the rising maternal mortality rates in the U.S. and the racial and economic disparities. Paul also has a special interest in stories centered around reproductive health, mental health and access to quality care. She edits Women's eNews' Sisterspace column and is a freelance video editor.


Sharon Marshall-TaylorSharon Marshall-Taylor, BS, Program Coordinator for the Infant Mortality Reduction Initiative, an initiative of Brooklyn Perinatal Network, Inc.  Brooklyn Perinatal Network, Inc. (BPN) is a leading organization in New York City who from its inception addressed the disproportionately high infant mortality rates among African-American and Latino’s. BPN is committed to improving the health and well-being of children and parenting families through linkages to culturally appropriate services and other resources. Ms. Marshall-Taylor has been employed at BPN for over 5 years serving as the community health educator and volunteer coordinator for the, National March of Dimes Leading Practice Designated, Brooklyn Birthing Project, part of the Birthing Project USA Initiative. She has served as a health and parenting educator for the City University of New York Research Foundation. She has over 13 years of experience as a Community Doula and is a Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator Candidate (LCCE) through Lamaze International. Sharon Marshall-Taylor holds a Bachelor of Science in Health and Nutrition from Brooklyn College, CUNY.


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YWCA of Brooklyn
30 3rd Ave
Brooklyn, NY

Tuesday, May 21, 2013 at 6:30 PM

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