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:

Park Meetup:

When: 3:30-5 p.m. April 11

Where: Ashley Nicole Dream Park and Playground, 620 Winona St. Knoxville, TN 37917

As a way to kick-off Black Maternal Health Week, the UTMC Sister Circle and KBEA would like to invite families to meet-up for treats and play. Come and connect with other families of color in our community. Waters and refreshments will be provided. Open to the public. No registration necessary.

Narrative Medicine Workshop:

When: 5:30 p.m. April 15

Where: Room 1215, McClung Tower on the University of Tennessee campus, 1707 Volunteer Blvd., Knoxville TN, 37996. 

This workshop will introduce attendees to the practice of narrative medicine and feature UT Medical Center Midwifery Director Jodie Simms-MacLeod.

For questions, please contact Dr. Danielle Procope Bell at

Paint & Taste Event

When: When: 6-8 p.m. April 18

Where: The Bottom, 2340 E. Magnolia Ave. Knoxville, TN 37917.

As a part of Black Maternal Health Week, this Paint & Taste event is dedicated to celebrating Black mothers and their babies. The event will feature a painting session and tasting experience.

Please register for the event at Amplifying the Voices of Black Mamas & Babies: Paint & Taste Event Tickets, Thu, Apr 18, 2024 at 6:00 PM | Eventbrite.

2nd Annual Knoxville Black Maternal Health Conference

When: April 13 and 14

Where: Pellissippi State Community College Magnolia Avenue Campus, 1610 E. Magnolia Ave. Knoxville, TN 37917

The 2nd Annual Knoxville Black Maternal Health Conference is a two-day event and features the theme: "Shifting Our Narrative: Policy, Advocacy & Justice."

Please register for the event at

Gennisi Charitable Birth Services 3rd Annual Community Baby Shower

When: 12-2 p.m. April 13

Where: The Change Center, 203 Harriet Tubman St. Knoxville, TN 37915

Gennisi Charitable Birth Services will hold its 3rd Annual Community Baby Shower. The event will feature gifts, giveaways, food and more. Participants must be pregnant or have infant(s) 6 months or younger

Please register for the event at

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.

Have Questions?
Call: 865-215-5555

Need to report a public
health emergency?

Call 865-215-5093

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.