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Today: Senators Booker, Harris and Rep. Underwood join Rep. Adams for Women’s Symposium

Apr 16, 2020
Press Release
Symposium will be held via Zoom during Black Maternal Health Week
Charlotte – The office of Congresswoman Alma S. Adams, Ph.D. (D-NC) will hold its Annual Women’s Symposium today, April 16, at 6:00 PM via Zoom. This year’s event is titled "The Women’s Symposium on Black Maternal Health: The State of Black Maternal Health During COVID-19." The Symposium will focus on the health of America's mothers and babies during the coronavirus pandemic, solutions for greater access to quality health care for mothers and infants, and what it will take to address the disparities in maternal health outcomes for black women. The Symposium takes place during Black Maternal Health Week and will feature appearances from Senators Cory Booker and Kamala Harris, as well as Black Maternal Health Caucus Co-Chair Rep. Lauren Underwood.
I’m honored to be joined by Lauren Underwood, the co-founder and co-chair of the Black Maternal Health Caucus and strong advocates for Black moms,” said Representative Adams, co-founder and co-chair of the Black Maternal Health Caucus. “Lauren is a strong advocate for the health of all moms, and knows how important it is to shine a light on this crisis in the Black community – a crisis made worse and more deadly by the coronavirus pandemic.
WHAT:        Women’s Symposium on the Health of America’s Moms and Babies
HOST:          Congresswoman Alma Adams
WHEN:        April 16, 2020, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
WHERE:      Zoom; register at
WHO:           Senators Cory Booker & Kamala Harris
Keynote Speakers Dr. Octavia Cannon & Dr. Augustus Garland Parker III
Additionally, Congresswoman Adams will be on hand to speak about congressional priorities and legislation regarding maternal health, including the Black Maternal Health Momnibus of 2020
“I am honored to join Congresswoman Alma S. Adams and Senator Kamala Harris in recognizing Black Maternal Health Week 2020," said Rep. Underwood. "As a co-founder and co-chair of the Black Maternal Health Caucus, I am proud to join my colleagues in taking swift and serious action to improve maternal health outcomes, end racial disparities, and save lives.”
The Women’s Symposium is an annual event hosted by the office of Congresswoman Alma Adams. Previous guests include House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Natalie Williams, Astrid Chirinos, Jess George, Dr. Jessica Schorr Saxe, and many others. This year’s symposium will focus on health for all women, and mothers and future mothers from all backgrounds are especially encouraged to attend.
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.