Fact: Bias and Anti-Racism exists in the medical field. Stark racial disparities in infant and maternal health in the U.S. have persisted for decades. With Roe v. Wade overturned, increased barriers to medical services for people of color may impact the statistics even further. These disparities are directly related to the social and economic inequities that are deeply rooted in U.S. racism and discrimination.

We are thrilled to have award winning author of “Medical Bondage”, Dr. Deirdre Cooper Owens, to speak to this very important topic. As a historian and reproductive justice advocate, Dr. Deirdre Cooper Owens has educated diverse audiences about the history and legacy of U.S. medical racism.

In this talk, she deepens the national conversation about Black maternal and birthing people’s health by centering the voices and experiences of Black women. Dr. Cooper Owens hopes to inspire audiences to support efforts to protect Black women, birthing people, and their children caught in the matrix of a harmful birthing crisis.

Dr. Deirdre Cooper Owens - Melibee Global Speakers

Dr. Deirdre Cooper Owens

Dr. Cooper Owens is a historian who shares the power of history largely through stories. Her work on medical history and medical disparities in the US makes her a leading national authority on this topic.  Her National Minority Health Month talk will remind us of the history that hasn’t always made our school textbooks and will inspire and empower us all to better understand how the past is always connected to the present.  She is a popular speaker on our roster – with consistent feedback for her ability to deeply engage diverse audiences to great effect. As one of the country’s most “acclaimed experts in U.S. history,” according to Time Magazine, she is steadily working towards making history more accessible and inspiring for all.

Learn more about Dr. Deirdre Cooper Owens

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