Flashpoint: Maternal mortality rates, Philadanco's succession, and creek preservation

October 27, 2019 - 9:30 am

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — This week on Flashpoint: Host and KYW Newsradio community affairs reporter Cherri Gregg asks the burning questions about Philadelphia's maternal mortality rates.

The numbers resemble a third world country: For every 100,000 births, 27 women lose their lives. Black women are three times more likely to fall victim to child birth morbidities, but why? We bring in a panel of experts to discuss health care, implicit bias and other factors that lead to women dying because of child birth-related issues.

Samia Bristow, senior director programs for Maternity Care Coalition, joins Jatolla Davis, a midwife and certified nurse with Jefferson Health; Saleemah McNeil, a reproductive therapist and CEO of Oshun Family Center; and Janayah Davis, a mother who survived a near-death experience during child birth.

Joan Myers Brown, founder of the Philadelphia School of Dance Arts and Philadanco
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The newsmaker of the week is Joan Myers Brown, founder of the Philadelphia School of Dance Arts and Philadanco. The organizations are celebrating their 60th and 50th anniversaries in 2020. This year, Myers Brown was selected an interim executive director and laid out a succession plan for the Philadelphia institutions.

In a rare interview, the 2012 National Medal of Arts honoree discusses her vision for her school and dance companies, as well as the recent influx of grants awarded that will put the groups on solid ground.

Julie Slavet, executive director of Tookany/Tacony Watershed Partnership, Inc.
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The changemaker of the week is Tookany/Tacony Watershed Partnership, Inc. The organization serves the Philadelphia, Cheltenham and Abington areas and works to make a impact by connecting the community to their creeks. Executive Director Julie Slavet joins the Flashpoint conversation.

The group will host Love Your Park Day on Nov. 9.

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