BMHW 2020

Learn about maternal and reproductive justice by the top health professionals in the area

9am – 4pm

hippodrome theater

BMHW Summit 2020

Birth in Color RVA has collaborated with stakeholders to bring a summit that will bridge the gap between maternal and reproductive health justice.  This will be a full day of speakers, workshops and interactive fun.

In Virginia, Black women are three times likely to die than white women. Our maternity care system is failing black women. Our goal is to bring attention to unacceptable racial disparities in our maternity care systems, get out of our silos and equip all attendees with additional knowledge and tools to raise awareness and bring positive action to the issues that affect women at one of the most vulnerable times of their lives.

Without Reproductive Justice there is no justice in maternal health. Overall health, Sexual education, abortion, and contraception care are key factors to helping maternal health outcomes.

We encourage healthcare professionals providing care to black birthing people to attend the summit for an opportunity to hear high-impact presentations and panel discussions on improving maternal and reproductive health vitality to advance maternal, birth, and reproductive justice.

Breakout Sessions Include

  • Creating Strategies to improve maternal health and reproductive justice

  • Sex Education & contraception access

  • Abortion care and how it affects reproductive justice

  • Menstrual cup

Continental Breakfast and Lunch provided

Professionalism. Excellence. Experience.


Stephanie Nash

Virginia Advocacy Director for Whole Women’s Alliance. 15 years experience working in nonprofit, social justice, and community based organizations

Dr. Lauren Powell

MA in Public Administration at Harvard Kennedy School of Government, and PhD of Philosophy in Clinical and Population Health Research at the University of Massachusetts Medical School

Rev. Lacette Cross

Community faith leader, activist, and speaker. Pastor of Restoration Fellowship RVA, cofounder of Us Giving Richmond connections (UGRC)/Black Pride RVA and co-owner of Wil You Be Whole

Monica Washington M.D.

Obstetrician and Gynecologist with Virginia Physicians for Women. Bachelor of Science from University of North Carolina. MA at Duquesne University while working as a radiation therapist. PhD in Virginia Commonwealth School of Medicine

Dr. Arthur James

Obstetrician, Gynecologist, and Pediatrician. Co-chair for the Center for Disease Control and March of Dimes Health Equity, Franklin County Board of Health member, Sr. Consultant to 1st Yr Cleveland, Co-Principal Investigator for the Alliance for Innovation on Mental Health

Beatriz Beckford

MA in Women and Gender Studies from Loyola University. Co-founder of National Black Food and Justice Alliance. Director of Brooklyn Food Coalition

Jonathan Webb

15 years experience in Public Health. Currently working with the Office of Epidemiology in Chicago and Community Health Division in Evanston

Alexis Rogers

Virginia State Director for the National Domestic Workers Alliance and Care in Action. Communications Director for Planned Parenthood Advocates of Virginia and Virginia League of Planned Parenthood.

Dr. Fantasy Lozoda

Director of SHIELD Lab and Assistant Professor of Developmental Psychology at VCU. BS from UNC Pembroke in 2008. PhD from North Carolina State University in 2013

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