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See a new Pitt documentary on Black maternal mortality at the Race &… Conference

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On Sept. 29, the University of Pittsburgh will host its annual Race &…Conference, which seeks to demonstrate Pitt’s commitment to investigate and ameliorate racial disparities in equity, health and well-being locally, nationally and globally.

The conference will include the premiere screening of a new documentary — “Mama Docs” — which was developed by Pitt’s Race and Social Determinants of Equity, Health, and Well-Being Initiative and the University’s Maternal/Infant Health Collaboratory. According to a 2019 report, Pittsburgh has some of the highest rates of Black infant and maternal mortality in the country as well as persistent racial disparities in other social, economic and health outcomes.

“Mama Docs” tells birthing stories through the lens of highly educated Black women, sharing instances of gendered racism and challenges in the health system. It highlights the “why” behind the work of researchers and additional structural interventions that are urgently needed to solve this problem. A panel discussion will follow the film.

See the full conference schedule and register to attend.