Guests Included Senators Cory Booker and Kamala Harris and Rep. Lauren Underwood
Charlotte – The office of Congresswoman Alma S. Adams, Ph.D. (D-NC) held its Fifth Annual Women’s Symposium today via Zoom. The event, titled “The Women’s Symposium on Black Maternal Health: The State of Black Maternal Health During COVID-19,” had 794 participants via Zoom, more than any previous Women’s Symposium, and over 2,500 views on Facebook. The Symposium took place during Black Maternal Health Week (April 11-17) and featured appearances from Senators Cory Booker and Kamala Harris, as well as Black Maternal Health Caucus Co-Chair Rep. Lauren Underwood.
The Women’s Symposium is an annual event hosted by the office of Congresswoman Alma Adams, who is the co-founder and co-chair of the Black Maternal Health Caucus. Previous guests include House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and many others.
The United States has the worst maternal health outcomes in the developed world, at 17.4 deaths per 100,000 live births. The maternal mortality rate is alarmingly higher among black women, at 37.1 deaths per 100,000 live births. Black women are nearly three times more likely than white women – and more than twice as likely as women of other races – to die from preventable, pregnancy-related complications. Additionally, Black women are twice as likely to lose an infant to premature death. The disparities in America’s health system have not improved for more than 30 years.