The Kansas Birth Justice Collective is a grassroots, Black and Brown woman-led initiative made up of two organizations.
Kansas Birth Justice Society provides public-facing services to Black, Latino, and Indigenous families to improve the chances of survival and good long-term health for birth givers and infants. Our community-driven programs and services focus on addressing the most pressing needs that exist today.
Kansas Birth Justice Action mobilizes the community to act in defense of Black, Latino, and Indigenous birth givers and babies, who are disproportionately more likely to die. Our community-led mobilization efforts and long-term strategies will create true health equity for families of color by working to change policies and systems.
We take action collectively using a multifaceted, multigenerational strategy.
Our innovative strategy fills the gap that exists today, while building capacity to respond in even more impactful ways in the future. When designing this strategy, we considered not just the disparities that exist today, but the historical context which led us here. The Kansas Birth Justice Society and Kansas Birth Justice Action are determined to lead the way to a more just, equitable future for families of color in Kansas!
Why do we need to ACT NOW to make changes?
As of today, Black and Brown babies AND mothers in Kansas are up to THREE TIMES more likely to DIE in pregnancy, childbirth, or infancy.
Why are Black and Brown babies and mothers in Kansas dying at higher rates than their white neighbors?
- Systemic racism
- Neighborhoods that are less healthy to live in because of long-term underinvestment which continues to lead to high crime rates, a lack healthy food options, a lack of safe spaces, and many other factors that make for a toxic soup to live in.
- A lack of access to culturally affirming medical care that is responsive and respectful to families of color
- Chronic stress from experiencing discrimination over an entire lifetime
- Higher levels of exposure to environmental toxins
- Discrimination from medical care providers