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Investing in Black Women with Lived Experience to Catalyze Systems Change

Katie Hickey July 13, 2022

The Black maternal health crisis in America is dire, as Black women are three times more likely to die from pregnancy-related issues than white women. Change is urgently needed. What will it take to make an impact? Jeanine Valrie Logan is a Chicago-based midwife and birth equity champion who works to address inequities in Black maternal health. She is currently working with Chicago Beyond, a Chicago-based philanthropy, on the development of the Chicago South Side Birth Center, a nonprofit, Black midwife-led, culturally concordant, community-focused birth center. This is an innovative way of investing in early-stage Black social entrepreneurship that can lead to systems-wide change. Hear how this partnership can be a model for how critical investments can support birth workers seeking to provide birthing people with spaces that signal liberation, joy, autonomy, and self-determination.  


Fireside Chat (3 speakers maximum)

Meta Themes

  • Reimagine Systems


Purpose and Desired Outcome

As a Leader in Residence at Chicago Beyond, Jeanine Valrie Logan will receive funding and professional support to successfully launch the Chicago South Side Birth Center. This partnership with Jeanine not only has the potential for tremendous impact for birthing people, families, and communities served by the Chicago South Side Birth Center, but also will set the standard for what holistic Black maternal health can look like across the nation. This session will shed light on a new framework for supporting community leaders, how to empower their lived experience, and lower the barrier to entry for those who are wanting and willing to make an impact. Takeaways Include: 1. Learn about the Black maternal health crisis from a leader with lived experience as a mother and birth worker 2. Explore new ways to fund and support Black women with lived experience as agents of change 3. Discuss what it will take to enact wide-spread systems change related to Black maternal health


  • Allocators (Family Offices, HNW Individuals, Foundations)

  • Government


  • NameJeanine Valrie Logan
  • TitleFounder
  • OrganizationChicago South Side Birth Center
  • StatusConfirmed
  • NameLiz Dozier
  • TitleFounder and CEO
  • OrganizationChicago Beyond
  • StatusConfirmed
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