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Black Maternal Health and Medical Equity

Photo courtesy New Pittsburgh Courier

WPSU hosted a free online screening and discussion about Black maternal health and medical equity. The documentary watched through the OVEE video platform wass Voices: A Childbirth Crisis.

Session 1 (recorded Thursday, February 17, 2022, at 3:00 p.m.)

Session 2 (recorded Thursday, February 17, 2022, at 7:00 p.m.)


Karen ArmstrongKaren Armstrong – 3:00 p.m. Moderator

Karen Armstrong is the Director of the Office of Inclusion, Equity, and Diversity for Penn State’s Outreach and Online Education. She is a clinically trained counselor, with extensive experience supporting minoritized and disenfranchised populations. She is a diversity, equity, and inclusion subject matter expert, who fosters strategic plans yielding systemic change in higher education. A continual collaborator, with over 20 years of experience in education, strategic planning, and community outreach, Karen is always seeking new opportunities for partnership and growth.

Marie Boone-Clark – 7:00 p.m. Moderator

Marie Boone-Clark is an experienced Business Development Strategist. Her career spans 30+ years, including leadership and expertise in marketing, medical sales, and operations with Mead Johnson Nutrition. Marie is co-founder and Chief Commercial Officer (CCO) at Antonia & Grace, a Public Benefit Corporation that provides subscription-based, culturally fluent health concierge services for birthing people. Marie obtained a Bachelor of Science Degree in Organizational Behavior from the University of Evansville. She is mom to Grace and grandparent to two-year-old twins, and she currently resides in Scottsdale, Arizona.


A panel discussion will take place on Zoom directly after the documentary and a secure Zoom link will be emailed to participants.

Dr. Carline Crevecoeur

Retired board-certified OB/GYN, author, philanthropist, and State College Area School Board member

Rose L. Horton

Executive Director, Women & Childrens’ Services at Emory Decatur Hospital, Past President AWHONN Professional Association, and Founder Antonia & Grace – Motherhood Concierge

Kenda Sutton-El

Executive Director of Birth in Color

Kenda holds a Bachelor’s in Health Science and is also a Doula Trainer, Diversity Equity Inclusion Consultant, Policy Analyst, CPR Instructor, Holistic Nutritionist, Lamaze Childbirth Educator, Certified Lactation Counselor, Reproductive Justice and Maternal health advocate.

Presented in collaboration with the OOE Office of Inclusion, Equity, and Diversity, the OOE DEIB Council, and the Finance and Business Black History Month Subcommittee