Please join us for this important conversation between Congresswoman Lauren Underwood, pediatrician and environmental health expert Dr. Yolanda Whyte, and LaTricea Adams, Founder, President & CEO of BlackMillennials4Flint. This discussion, moderated by Moms Clean Air Force’s National Field Manager Tonya Calhoun, PhD, will focus on Black Maternal Health, how inequities in health care and systemic racism impact Black moms and babies, and what we can do to tackle the problem.
About Congresswoman Lauren Underwood (IL-14): Representative Underwood is the first woman, the first person of color, and the first millennial to represent her community in Congress. She is also the youngest African American woman to serve in the United States House of Representatives. The Congresswoman co-founded and co-chairs the Black Maternal Health Caucus, which elevates the Black maternal health crisis within Congress and advances policy solutions to improve maternal health outcomes and end disparities. She is also lead sponsor of the recently introduced House “Momnibus” package to address disparities in maternal health outcomes among women of color, which we will be discussing in greater detail during our conversation today.
About Dr. Yolanda Whyte: Dr. Whyte is a pediatrician with fifteen years of experience caring for the medical needs of children in hospital, clinic, rural, military, Indian health, telemedicine, international and home-based settings. In her desire to address the rising trajectory and root cause of chronic diseases in children, she expanded the scope of her practice to incorporate environmental health and advocacy. Dr. Whyte engages with policy makers and medical groups to strengthen public health policies and practice guidelines so that decisions are based on research, evidence, facts and common sense. Dr. Whyte began her studies at Howard University at age 16 where she earned her Bachelors of Science degree and graduated with honors, and received her medical degree from the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine. She completed her Pediatrics internship at the Medical College of Virginia and Community Pediatrics residency at Morehouse School of Medicine.
About LaTricea Adams, MAT, EdS: LaTricea is a proud native of Memphis, Tennessee and is the Founder, CEO & President of Black Millennials 4 Flint (BM4F), a grassroots, environmental justice and civil rights organization with the purpose of bringing like-minded organizations together to collectively take action and advocate against the crisis of lead exposure specifically in African American & Latino communities throughout the nation.
An award winning and nationally recognized advocate, LaTricea was recently honored by the Children’s Environmental Health Network with the 2020 Child Health Advocate Award. LaTricea also founded the first Lead Prevention Commission in the State of Tennessee’s history in 2019. She was also featured on BET’s docuseries “Finding Justice” focusing on her work in Baltimore specifically surrounding lead paint issues in housing and environmental racism.