Knox County Tennessee

Black Maternal Health Week | April 11 - 17

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Black Maternal Health Week is recognized each year from April 11-17 to bring attention and action in improving Black maternal health. Everyone can play a role in working to prevent pregnancy-related deaths and improving maternal health outcomes. KCHD is proud to be part of Black Maternal Health Week with help from our partners in the community. 

Throughout the year, our team works with community partners to bring awareness and advance the conversation about the maternal health crisis in our minority populations. This week we encourage you to join the conversation! #BlackMamasMatter #BMHW23

Community Events:

Taste & Paint ( space is limited )

When: Wednesday, April 12th 5:30-7:30 

Where: The Cansler YMCA 

Registration required, sign up here:

2023 Black Maternal Health Showcase

When: Thursday, April 13th 5:30

Where: Frieson Black Cultural Center (UT CAMPUS) 1800 Melrose Ave 37916

Open to the public, please register here:

2nd annual community baby shower ( space is limited )

When: Saturday, April 15th 12-2

Where: Overcoming Believers Church

Registration required, sign up here:

Did you know:

  • In 2017, the infant mortality rate for black babies in Knox County was four-and-a-half times that of white babies, and the rate of black babies born at a low birth rate was almost two-and-a-half times that of white babies.
  • Black women are three times more likely to die from a pregnancy-related cause than white women, with multiple factors contributing to these disparities including racial inequities, pre-existing conditions, "Black pain" or the common belief that Black people have a higher pain tolerance than white people and lack of access to health care.

Click here to learn more about resources for Black Maternal Health.

Need to report a public
health emergency?

Call 865-215-5093

Have Questions? Call: (865) 215-5555 Email:

On the first Wednesday of every month, all KCHD offices and clinics are closed in the morning for staff in-service. On these days, the main location (140 Dameron Ave.) will open at 11 a.m. and the West Clinic (1028 Old Cedar Bluff) will open at 11:30 a.m.

Clinics will also open at 10:30 a.m. (Main location) and 11 a.m. (West Clinic) on the following Wednesdays: April 17 and July 17. All other offices will open at 8 a.m.