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Community leaders Raise Awareness About Maternal Health and Racial Disparities

MACON, GA(KBTV)- Atrium Health Navicent, Mercer University School of Medicine, the Macon-Bibb County Health Department and the Navicent Health Foundation are giving the community an opportunity to learn more about maternal health and racial disparities.

These community leaders will host an interactive event at Mercer University on Tuesday, May 3, 2022. Dr. Patrice Walker, a board trained OB-GYN, will share information about unconscious bias and its unintended impact on health care. Georgia has the second-highest maternal mortality rate in the nation, and due to a number of factors, black women in Georgia are three times more likely to die from pregnancy-related complications. The event will include a screening of the short film “Toxic: A Black Woman’s Story.”

The event will also include a discussion about community solutions and a question-and-answer session featuring a panel
of experts. In addition to Walker, panelists will include:
• Dr. Jimmie Smith, Macon-Bibb County Health Department administrator
• Dr. Jacob Warren, director of the Center for Rural Health and Health Disparities at Mercer University
• Dr. Felisha Kitchen, an Atrium Health Navicent OB-GYN
• Patricia Prime, a registered nurse and certified postpartum doula

The event will be held in the Presidents Dining Room at Mercer University from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on May 3,2022. The event is open to the public. To RSVP, email Although in-person attendance is limited, individuals can also participate virtually. The event will be live-streamed on the Atrium Health Navicent Facebook page.

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