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Upcoming Events

graphic of KBEN upcoming events: KBEN network meeting and dates for Birth Equity Summit Days, details in table below

Date Time Event Location
Feb 1 5:30 p.m. KBEN Network Meeting Zoom Meeting
Mar 7 5:30 p.m. Black Maternal Health Week Planning Meeting Zoom Meeting
Apr 4 5:30 p.m. KBEN Network Meeting Zoom Meeting

Birth Equity Summit 2023

The second annual Birth Equity Summit in collaboration with the Heartland Conference was held September 15-16, 2023. Stakeholders across the state and region together to celebrate the important work of parents, birth workers, community members, and so many more to advance birth equity.

image of the Kansas Birth Equity Summit 2023 Flyer

Day 1 highlighted community efforts to improve the health of Black Families and Day 2 events were set to celebrate Black Families at the KBEN Family Reunion/Cookout.

Healthy, Thriving, Black Families: A Conversation on Black Maternal Health

Black Maternal Health Week 2023

Black Maternal Health Week 2023

More than 150 attendees joined us at Healthy, Thriving, Black Families: A Conversation on Black Maternal Health and Birth Equity!  We want to extend our appreciation to every single attendee, vendor, speaker, community partner, legislator, planner, and KBEN member that helped us make this event so amazing. We couldn't have done it without you!

Each of you are essential in the work to achieve Birth Equity and improve Black maternal and infant health. We hope you'll join us again for the Birth Equity Summit in September and for next year's Black Maternal Health Week Event!

Birth Equity Summit 2022

Kansas Birth Equity Summit 2022 recap of events photo collageThe first annual Birth Equity Summit began with the Birth Justice Walk, followed by a keynote address by Dr. Dana-Ain Davis on Black Reproducing Bodies and the Trauma of Obstetric Racism. The summit also included presentations by Mother Hakima Tafunzi-Payne on the important work of Uzazi Village, Kevin Dedner on Mental Health Experiences form the Father’s Perspective, and Dr. Sharla Smith on Hypertension and Preeclampsia. The summit concluded with a Moms/Birthing Persons & Fatherhood Panel with parents from across the state and a Healing & Restoration Closing Session.

Black Baby Photo Contest Winners

Celebrate Day 366 (2022)

KBEN Babies of the Year 2022

Celebrate Day 366 (2021)

photo of Brooklyn, KBEN Baby of the Year 2021

Celebrate Day 366 Panels & Community Birthday Party - 2021 video

Kansas Birth Equity Network

Sharla Smith, Ph.D., MPH