Doctors and Mothers address the Maternal Mortality and Health Crisis at the 10th Annual Black Physicians Forum

SACRAMENTO (June 9) – The 10th annual Northern California Black Physicians Forum (BPF) will take place on Friday, June 12, 2020 broadcasted via Zoom/Facebook Live from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm PST presented in partnership by Sac Cultural Hub Media Foundation and UC Davis Health Office for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion. 

From the comfort of your home or office, join us as we bring together doctors and mothers to address: “The Impact of Racial Disparities in Maternal Childhood Health for African Americans”. As we are in unchartered waters of the COVID-19 era, it has become crucial for the Sac Cultural Hub Media Foundation to continue the conversations on Black women and the maternal mortality crisis as well as birthing Black babies during a pandemic.

This year’s platform includes keynote speaker – Aletha Maybank, MD, MPH, Chief Health Equity Officer & Vice President, American Medical Association with our Moderator – Flojaune Cofer, PhD, MPH, Women’s Health Epidemiologist & Senior Director of Policy at Public Health Advocates and guest presenter Dr. Olivia Kasirye, Sacramento County Public Health Officer & Public Health Officer of City of Elk Grove. Special guests who will share testimonials include Allyson Felix, Olympic Gold Medalist-American track and field sprinter and Shonda Moore, Marketing Director at Fortune Schools.

In February 2020 Pleshette Robertson, CEO and Founder of Sac Cultural Hub Media Foundation attended the Black Maternal Health Roundtable in San Francisco where U.S. Senator Kamala Harris stated:  “When we are talking about black maternal mortality, we are talking about the fact that black women die at three to four times the rate of other women in America in connection with childbirth.”  This issue has two parts: racial bias and unique stressors that black women in America face: housing, pay and childcare inequity.  This is not just about bias among medical health professionals, but also bias in every system that exists.  These various issues, when combined, contribute to the mortality rate of black women.  Allyson Felix testified on Capitol Hill May 2019, not as an athlete, but as a mother and advocate for overcoming racial disparities in the nation’s maternal health and mortality crisis. 

For the past 9 years UC Davis Health Office for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion has been a valued partner in making it possible to present the Black Physicians Forum.  Dr. Hendry Ton (Assoc. Vice Chancellor for Health Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion) stated, “We recognize that there is much work that needs to be done to address the structural racism within our health care systems and in society.  This requires collective and determined effort.  One of the ways that UC Davis hopes to address these structural inequities is through our AIM (Anchor Institution Mission) for Community Health Initiative.  We plan to leverage the health system’s economic weight to address the structural factors such as poverty, unemployment and education barriers that are behind racial violence and health inequities. And, we will work to broaden our partnerships with local minority- and women-owned businesses, enhance recruitment and development of our local and diverse workforce, and bring down barriers that prevent minority communities from accessing quality education.”

Corporate and Community Contributing Partners include:  One Community Health, Black Child Legacy Campaign, The Center @ Sierra Health Foundation, Rex & Margaret Fortune School, The SOL Project – Saving Our Legacy, African Americans for Smoke Free Safe Places, VisionStep, Leatherwood Marketing, Coleman Communications, The Gospel Vine, THE HUB Magazine, and Weave.

Registration is open to all residents, mothers, health care public health professionals, physicians, and medical students. RSVP online at For more information call (916) 234-3589 or

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