For Black History Month, Praeclarus Press presents a webinar With Sherry Payne on how to be effective ally working with organizations that serve African Americans.

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Sherry Payne is a voice for change who is dedicated to challenging racism with the healthcare system by working from within to educate healthcare providers who want to be more effective as careproviders. Praeclarus Press is proud to present a webinar on how healthcare providers can work most effectively with African American patients, colleagues, and organizations.

Sherry Payne teaches health care providers how to best provide care for African American women

There are specific steps that healthcare providers can take to be more effective in their work with African Americans.

The rates for infant and maternal mortality in the U.S. are higher than most other developed nations. And there is a striking health disparity by racial/ethnic group. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, in 2006, the rate of maternal mortality was 9.5/1000 for whites and 32.7/1000 for African Americans. Similarly, the rate for infant mortality was 5.6/1000 for whites and 13.3/1000 for African Americans. The reasons for these health disparities are complex and include pre-existing health conditions, young childbearing, poverty, racism, substance abuse, and lack of access to care.

In honor of Black History Month, Praeclarus Press is offering a new webinar, With Friends Like These...10 Steps to Creating Mutually Beneficial Relationships with Persons and Organizations of Color. In this special two-hour session, Sherry Payne will address a the long-standing barriers and issues with regard to race that dominate the landscape of the healthcare system. Attendees will be able to define systemic racism, white privilege, microagression, and ally-ship; name three ways in which ally-ship has failed the communities it is trying to serve: describe the how systemic racism impacts the physical and mental health of people of colors: explain the role of anti-racism training in creating beneficial allies; list three things that can be done to become better allies.

Registration is open and an "early bird" discount applies to the first 20 who register. Additionally, access to the recorded webinar will be available for up to three weeks after original presentation on February 17, 2015 from 1-3 p.m. (Eastern).

Sherry L. Payne has a bachelors of nursing and a masters in nursing education. Ms. Payne is a lactation consultant, is pursing midwifery education. and works part-time as a seminar presenter and nurse educator. Upon completion of her midwifery studies, she plans to open an urban prenatal clinic and birth center. Ms. Payne founded Uzazi Village, a nonprofit dedicated to decreasing health disparites in the urban core. She owns Perinatal ReSource, an education, training and consulting firm. She is on the Editorial Board for Clinical Lactation, and sits on the board of CIMS, Coalition to Improve Maternity Services. She also sits on her local FIMR Board (fetal infant mortality review). She presents nationally on perinatal and nursing education issues. Her career goals include increasing the number of midwives of color and improving lactation rates in the African American community through published investigative research and application of evidence based clinical practice and innovation in community-based care models. She is the 2013 recipient of the Medela Breastfeeding Hall of Excellence for her advocacy work on behalf of African American mothers.

Praeclarus Press is a small press dedicated to women's health, owned by Kathleen Kendall-Tackett, located in Amarillo, Texas. It features books, webinars, and white papers on a variety of topics related to women's health throughout the lifespan.

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