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Understanding Training and Workforce Pathways to Develop and Retain Black Maternal Health Clinicians in California

Join the Urban Institute and maternal health experts to interrogate the disproportionately low number of Black/African American maternal health clinicians (obstetricians, midwives, and labor and delivery nurses), to review the structural barriers to entering and staying within the field, and to discuss recommendations that address this issue and support a thriving workforce. This webinar will offer a high-level summary of new research exploring factors that affect the success of Black maternal health clinicians during their educational and professional journeys and a discussion that will inform the development of maternal health care workforce diversity programs and policies in California and elsewhere.



  • Patricia LaBrie Calloway, Labor and Delivery Nurse, Highland Hospital (Oakland, CA); Nurse Manager, Building Bridges for a Healthy Baby, Alameda County Public Health Department
  • Joy Cooper, Obstetrician-Gynecologist, Culture Care (Oakland, CA)
  • Eona Harrison, Senior Research Associate, Urban Institute
  • Sumayya Sulaiman, Scholarship Coordinator, Mercy in Action College of Midwifery (Boise, ID)
  • Kasandra White, Obstetrician-Gynecologist, Highland Hospital (Oakland, CA)


Support for this event is provided by the California Health Care Foundation. For more information on the Urban Institute’s funding principles, go to

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Urban Institute Speaker
  • Senior Research Associate