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The Wright Center’s Health Equity Series is a quarterly exploration and community discussion of health disparities in collaboration with partners locally, in Virginia and nationwide. Join VCU faculty, VCU Health medical providers and expert guests from the community as they present on the latest research, listen to attendees and plan a way forward – through community-engaged research and increased awareness for all. Panelists will speak to advances and gaps in the research and share resources on minority health.

Risky Pregnancies

Health Disparities in Maternal Morbidity and Mortality

Tuesday, May 11, 2021

10 - 11:30 a.m.

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 Understanding the connections between a mother’s health and that of her newborn is crucial for addressing maternal and infant mortality and morbidity. Speakers will discuss current maternal and child health research and statewide initiatives that improve the health delivery system for mothers and their children.

Kenesha Barber and Amy Paulson

Kenesha Smith Barber, Ph.D., Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System coordinator and epidemiologist at the Virginia Department of Health
Amy Paulson, M.P.H., director of the Consortium for Infant and Child Health at Eastern Virginia Medical School

Moderated by Alethia Watford, M.S.W., LCSW, clinical social worker at VCU Health and the Children's Hospital of Richmond at VCU

Alethia Watford

Future Events 

LGBTQ+ Best Practices in Health Care

Tuesday, August 10, 2021
10 a.m.
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Black Lives, Black Lungs II

Tuesday, November 9, 2021
10 a.m.
Registration to come


Past Events

Black Lives, Black Lungs - November 10, 2020 

Cancers Below the Belt - February 9, 2021

Watch past events at the Wright Center Health Equity Kaltura channel.


For general inquiries about the Wright Center’s Health Equity Series, email

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Publications supported by the Wright Center must cite the CTSA Grant number (UL1TR002649) and comply with the NIH Public Access Policy. We rely on these citations as a critical performance measure when reporting annual productivity to the NIH.