African-American physician Dr. Richard W. Walker, Jr., MD—author of the forthcoming BLACK HEALTH MATTERS—with TBWA\World Health "Protecting Black Mothers: A Holistic Perspective of the Maternity Crisis" livestream on YouTube (Wed., Apr. 14 at 5:30pm EST)
GARDEN CITY PARK, NY: If you don't think African Americans today suffer the effects of systemic injustice, look no further than your local maternity ward. Far more prevalent than police abuse—and more insidious than the “Jim Crow” segregation laws, which forced Blacks in past decades to use bathrooms and water fountains kept separate from those used by whites—Blacks are being disenfranchised at birth, according to Texas-based African-American physician Richard W. Walker, Jr., MD, MBA, IFMCP.
Dr. Walker—who has been a dedicated obstetrician now for 50 years and whose next book, Black Health Matters, will be published this June—is one of five remarkable individuals who will participate in TBWA\World Health's livestream YouTube event "Protecting Black Mothers: A Holistic Perspective of the Maternity Crisis" on Wed., Apr. 14 at 5:30pm ET.
“What should be one of the safest and most sacred of arenas, the birthplace of life, is statistically many times more dangerous for Black people than it is for white people,” Dr. Walker says. “The magnitude of the health crises within the African-American community is more severe than all other manner of injustice to Blacks in the U.S. today. And yet, no one is talking about it.”
Until now, that is.
This live discussion is a part of TBWA\WorldHealth's strong and ever-growing social media initiative #BlackHealthNow. Anyone who wishes to check in and watch should either CLICK HERE on the day of the event, or can copy/paste the YouTube URL/link provided below into their preferred internet browser:
Both founder and CEO of Walker Health Care Holdings and TVP-Care, Dr. Walker will be joined on this livestream YouTube event by:
* Dr. La Tanya R. Hines, MD, FACOG
Assistant Clinical Professor, ObGyn, Kaiser Permanente Bernard J. Tyson School of Medicine
* Dr. Denese Shervington, MD, MPH, CLINPROF
President and CEO of IWES
* Dr. S. Michelle Ogunwole, MD
Social Epidemiology and General Internal Medicine, Johns Hopkins Hospital
* Wallye Holloway, Associate Managing Partner for TBWA\WorldHealth
Both neonatal and congenital defects, once thought to be genetic, are now being linked to widespread nutritional abuse and environmental toxins in the Black community—something that alarms Dr. Walker greatly. "If you consider the fact," says Dr. Walker, "that the highest levels of toxins in the US are mostly found in communities of color—where the water, air, food, houses, and apartments are all seriously compromised by man-made contaminants—it’s not hard to guess why our babies are born already poisoned, and go on in life to suffer the highest deaths and abnormal birth rates of all American populations."
When it comes to the current state of Black health in America, Dr. Walker does not mince words. “We can no longer wait for others to solve our own urgent health care crises. We have to take charge of it for ourselves.”
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The TBWA\World Health #BlackHealthNow Livestream YouTube Event
"Protecting Black Mothers: A Holistic Perspective of the Maternity Crisis"
Wed., Apr. 14 at 5:30pm ET
Check it out on YouTube at: bit.ly/youtubeBHN