“To describe my mother would be to write about a hurricane in its perfect power. Or the climbing, falling colors of a rainbow.” – Maya Angelou
Black babies in Dane County are dying at a rate that is three times that of white babies. In 2016, 10 out of the 568 black babies born in Dane County, died before their first birthday. That is a rate of 17.6 deaths per 1,000 births, compared to 5.4 deaths per 1,000 white births.
What can we do about this health crisis? In this week’s edition of Lilada’s Black Motherhood series she discusses this important topic with local and national Black Women that are leading the charge on this issue.
- Local physician Dr. Jasmine Zapata. She is an author, Board Certified Pediatrician, Preventive Medicine Doctor, Inspirational Speaker, Health Educator, Motivator, and Mobilizer. Her research and public health focus is on racial disparities in infant mortality.
- Lisa Peyton Caire, Founder of Black Women’s Wellness Day and Foundation for Black Women’s Wellness.
- Betty Banks, co-founder of Project Babies and Today Not Tomorrow.
- Dr. Terri Kincade, a neonatologist out of Texas. Dr. Terri is an author, speaker, consultant, and philanthropist.