Mommas’ Reproductive Justice & Police Violence with Dr. Rachel Hardeman
Wayside Recovery Center

12/1 & 12/8


Wayside Recovery Center is honored to host national reproductive health equity expert Rachel Hardeman, PhD, MPH, for a pair of virtual events in December highlighting maternal & infant health disparities. Dr. Hardeman, Blue Cross Endowed Professor of Health and Racial Equity at the University of Minnesota, was named one of Twin Cities Business’ Top 100 People to Know in 2021.

Join us for a timely discussion of the intersection of reproductive justice and police violence on December 1, and for a deep dive into Dr. Hardeman’s novel research demonstrating that Black newborn mortality rates improve in the care of Black providers on December 8.

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Momma’s Reproductive Justice & Police Violence
Wednesday, December 1 | 12 – 1 p.m. CST

An exploration of the intersections of reproductive justice and police violence. “Momma!” George Floyd called out, face pressed against the pavement with the knee of a Minneapolis police officer in his neck. “Momma…I’m through!” Mr. Floyd yelled. George Floyd’s cry for his “Momma” resonates deeply with all of us—we all know what it feels like to need our mom in times of fear and distress. Yet, there is something else haunting and painful in Mr. Floyd’s words—a cry for help so profound it summoned all Black mothers in America, shaking us to our core, evoking images of our beloved Black sons and Black daughters stolen from us too soon. We are in an unprecedented moment and we each have a role to play in transforming this moment into a movement that shows that Black Lives Matter in reproductive health.

Black Babies Matter: Physician-Patient Racial Concordance & Disparities in Birthing Mortality for Newborns
Wednesday, December 8 | 12 – 1 p.m. CST

Recent work has emphasized the benefits of patient-physician concordance on clinical care outcomes for underrepresented minorities, arguing it can ameliorate outgroup biases, boost communication, and increase trust. We explore concordance in a setting where racial disparities are particularly severe: childbirth. In the United States, black newborns die at three times the rate of white newborns. Results examining 1.8 million hospital births in the State of Florida between 1992 and 2015 suggest that newborn-physician racial concordance is associated with a significant improvement in mortality for black infants. Results further suggest that these benefits manifest during more challenging births and in hospitals which deliver more black babies. We find no significant improvement in maternal mortality when birthing mothers share race with their physician.

These activities have been approved for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit.™

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