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Systemic Racism and Maternal Health in the US

Lastascia Coleman CNM, MSN, ARNP, FACNM

Speaker Bio
Lastascia Coleman CNM, MSN, ARNP, FACNM is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Carver College of Medicine at the University of Iowa. She attended the University of Iowa and obtained a BS in Psychology and a Master’s in Nursing and Healthcare Practice. She completed her Nurse-Midwifery education at the University of Illinois-Chicago. In her role as a Clinical Assistant Professor, she provides patient care and teaches medical students and residents in OBGYN. She is the founding chair of the Black Women’s Maternal Health Collective, a community engagement organization for Black birthing people. She is a co-investigator on HRSA 19-107 Innovations in Maternity Care grant, where she is the Program Director for the CNM education program in Iowa. She also serves on the Maternal Mortality Review Board for the state of Iowa. She works with the Iowa Department of Public Health on the Medicaid Maternal Taskforce, the Title V Doula Project, and the National Academy of State Health Policy Maternal Child Policy Academy. She is a PhD candidate in the University of Iowa College of Public Health in the Department of Health Management and Policy. In 2021, she was inducted into the Fellows of the American College of Nurse-Midwives, selected for the Corridor Business Journal 40 Under 40 and chosen to join the fifth cohort of the Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy Research Scholars program. She is the Director for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion for the Department of OBGYN.

Course Description
This presentation will review the historical and current structural barriers, covert, and overt racism that inform public policy including around perinatal substance use and addiction.

Learning Objectives
1. At the end of the presentation, the participants should be able to review the concepts and definitions pertinent to equity, racism and disparities as it pertains to racism and perinatal substance use
2. At the end of the presentation, participants should be able to discuss data related to racial disparities in maternal outcomes
3. At the end of the presentation, participants should be able to give an overview of proposed solutions

CEUs Offered: 1 CE

Course Expiration: April 19, 2025