EVENT ADVISORY: U.S. Sen. Kamala D. Harris and Women of Color Experts to Discuss Eliminating Racial Disparities in Maternal and Infant Mortality

Washington, D.C. — Despite being the wealthiest country in the world, the United States lags behind other developed countries in combating maternal and infant mortality. America’s epidemic is due in large part to crisis-level mortality rates among black women and children. On Wednesday, December 12, 2018, the Center for American Progress will host U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) and women of color experts in the maternal and infant health fields to discuss the key factors driving racial disparities in maternal and infant mortality. The panelists will also discuss policy changes lawmakers should consider when weighing how to address these disparities.

Members of the press can RSVP by following this link.


Opening remarks:
Neera Tanden, President and CEO, Center for American Progress

U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA)

Breana Lipscomb, U.S. Maternal Health and Human Rights Campaign Manager, Center for Reproductive Rights
Jennie Joseph, Founder and Executive Director, Commonsense Childbirth Inc.; Creator, The JJ Way
Myra Jones-Taylor, Chief Policy Officer, ZERO TO THREE
Nana Matoba, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Neonatology, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
Nina Martin, Reporter, ProPublica

Jamila Taylor, Senior Fellow, Center for American Progress


Wednesday, December 12, 2018
10:00 a.m. ET – 11:30 a.m. ET


Center for American Progress
1333 H Street NW, 10th Floor
Washington, D.C. 20005

For more information, please contact Colin Seeberger at or 202.741.6292.