Thursday, April 14, 2022

Virtual Screening of Toxic: A Black Woman’s Story

2:00 PM to 3:15 PM

Black women are three-to-four times more likely to die from pregnancy-related complications than white women. This virtual screening for American Hospital Association (AHA) members explores the many underlying factors impacting the health of Black women and their birth outcomes. Attendees will engage in a discussion after the film. 

Are you struggling with how to begin to discuss racism in maternal care?

A Black woman is three to four times more likely to lose her life from pregnancy-related complications than a white woman. In honor of Black Maternal Health Week (April 11-17), join the AHA for a virtual screening of the film, Toxic: A Black Woman’s Story to explore the many underlying factors, such as toxic stress, racial inequities, unconscious bias, microaggressions, impacting the health of Black women and their birth outcomes. Followed by the screening, attendees will share their thoughts on the film and engage in a discussion facilitated by health care leaders to unfold the issues critical to improving maternal health equity.


• Lisa Saul, M.D., MBA, President, Mother Baby Clinical Service Line, Allina Health
• Benjamin Anderson, MBA, MHCDS, Vice President of Rural Health and Hospitals, Colorado Hospital Association
• Rahni Jenkins, M.Ed., Director, Health Equity Training, March of Dimes
• Aisha Syeda, MPH, Program Manager, American Hospital Association

It is encouraged to watch the trailer of the film ( prior to the screening. Please note: This film includes discussion around infant mortality, toxic stress, and racism. It may evoke strong and sensitive emotions. If these topics may be difficult for you, we encourage you to opt out of this screening and encourage you to care for your safety and well-being.

This event is open to AHA members only. Registration for AHA members will be approved prior to the event. The deadline to register is April 13.

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