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Happier Birth Days, A Two Part Discussion

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Happier Birth Days: Improving Birth and Health Outcomes for Indiana’s Black Moms and Babies

  • Fact: Indiana’s infant mortality rate is above the national average.
  • Fact: Indiana’s maternal mortality rate is more than double the national average.

Sadly, those rates rise even more for black women and babies in the Hoosier state. Join Side Effects Public Media, the Indiana Minority Health Coalition, and The Indianapolis Recorder in a two part virtual town hall to discuss these issues and how they can be addressed. Discussions will focus on infant mortality, maternal mortality, and breastfeeding in Indiana’s black communities. Part 1 was concentrated on the prenatal period; Part 2 will focus on the postpartum period. Both discussions are live streamed from YouTube. The link will be emailed to registrants a day beforehand; watch from your desk, home, conference room, or wherever you will be. IMHC affiliates will be holding watch parties around the state, listed below.

Watch Party Event Locations for January 8th

Marion County – IMHC, 3737 N. Meridian Street, 3rd Floor Conference Room, Indianapolis, IN 46208

Marion County- Marion MHC, 1100 E 42nd St, Indianapolis, IN 46208

Elkhart County– 312 Wagner Ave., Unit A, Elkhart, IN 46516

Clark, Floyd, Harrison County- 1613 E. 8th Street, Jeffersonville, IN 47130

Monroe County- 303 East Kirkwood Ave, Bloomington, IN 47404

Grant County- 4201 S. Western Avenue, 46953

Tippecanoe County- Hanna Community Center, 2000 Elmwood Ave, Lafayette, IN 47904

Vigo County-1101 S. 13th St, Suite 6, Terre Haute, IN 47802

Each discussion begins with a 60 minute panel conversation, followed by 30 minutes of Q&A with viewers. Feel free to email your questions for the panel beforehand to

Part 1 Panelists Included:

Dr. Kristina Box, State Health Commissioner, Indiana State Department of Health

Bianca Wilson-Gillespie, Advocate, Mother, Volunteer Doula in Training

Dr. Indy Lane, Community Health Network

Ashley Rainey, MSN, RN, Clinical Educator, Labor and Delivery

It can be viewed here:

Part 2 Panelists Include:

Dr. Virginia Caine, Director, Marion County Public Health Department

Kelli Brien, Program Director, Speak Life

Ryan Karim, Breastfeeding Coordinator, WIC

Dr. Brownsyne Tucker Edmonds, IU School of Medicine

Both conversations are moderated by Oseye Boyd, editor of the Indianapolis Recorder, from WFYI Studios.

Please join us!

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