GNB Allies to host virtual maternal health summit on jan. 14, 2021

Registration is now open for next Thursday’s (January 14th) Virtual Health Summit on “The Impact of Structural Racism on Maternal Health.” This event is being presented by GNB Allies for Health and Wellness in collaboration with YWCA Southeastern Massachusetts. The event will take place from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. via Zoom.

Here is the link to the Zoom registration page: [Please note that this is case sensitive].

The keynote speaker for the event will be Jai-Me Rutledge-Potter, Program Manager for Diversity and Inclusion Initiatives at Brown University. Jai-Me is a mom, wife, student, and professional. She is currently a PhD candidate at Salve Regina University, researching the impact of racial trauma and storytelling on health disparities and achieving health equity. Professionally, she has worked in healthcare for the better part of her career, spending time at the American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry and now currently at Women & Infants and the School of Public Health at Brown University, where she focuses on Diversity & Inclusion. Jai-Me holds a faculty appointment at the Alpert Medical School at Brown University, where she was the 2020 recipient of the prestigious Doctoring Excellence in Teaching Award and recognized as a positive champion of cultivating a safe learning environment. Jai-Me and her husband live in West Warwick with their young daughter and son and their beloved four-legged Maltese dog.

Jai-Me Rutledge-Potter, Program Manager for Diversity and Inclusion Initiatives at Brown University, will be the keynote speaker of the virtual health summit.

Besides Jai-Me, GNB Allies Chairperson and psychologist, Barbara A. Acksen, Ph.D., will moderate an informative panel which will include Gail Fortes (Executive Director, YWCA Southeastern Massachusetts), Barbara Schmidt (Director of Organizational Culture and Engagement and Chair of the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Council, Southcoast Health), Lucia Soraya DosSantos (Maternal Wellness Advocate & Innate Postpartum Provider, Maternal Nursing Collective), Valentina Martinez (Community Health Worker, YWCA) and two mothers from Southeastern Massachusetts.

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