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
Taste & Paint ( space is limited )
When: Wednesday, April 12th 5:30-7:30
Where: The Cansler YMCA
Registration required, sign up here: https://lp.constantcontactpages.com/su/2EYb5kc
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: http://evite.me/Emn1Z3fmav
2nd annual community baby shower ( space is limited )
When: Saturday, April 15th 12-2
Where: Overcoming Believers Church
Registration required, sign up here: https://GenCharities.org
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.