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DocuCourse: Pregnancy & Prejudice

Human Rights Film Festival at Morehouse College.  ~Atlanta, Georgia 

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KC Together: New Media for Our City, Our Stories

Hakima Tafunzi Payne, known to her community as Mama Hakima, is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Uzazi Village, a nonprofit organization dedicated to eliminating health outcome disparities in perinatal health in African American communities. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and a Master of Science in Nursing Education and is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Nursing Education. Hakima speaks nationally on the topic of Black perinatal health inequities.

Latest Episode

EBB 278: Creating an Innovative, Afrocentric Model of Prenatal Care with Hakima Payne, Founder and Executive Director of Uzazi Village

Have you heard about @ebbirth? Do you know that they have an amazing evidence-based podcast to educate and inform birthing persons and birth professionals? On this episode of the EBB podcast, Hakima Payne, founder and executive director of Uzazi Village, talks about her creation of the Village Circle, an innovative Afrocentric model of prenatal and postpartum care. The episode is #278 and you can also check it out on to read the transcript.

Farmer Interview – Rosie Warren

Rosie Warren is an advocate, grower, and herbalist with years of experience who oversees the Uzazi Village Peace Garden. She creates medicinal herbal products from the things she grows. Her love of holistic herbal remedies was sparked by successes healing herself and...

Missouri wants to shrink maternal mortality rates

Black people who give birth in the United States have a maternal mortality rate that is 2.6 times higher than white and Hispanic people. Black infants are twice as likely to die. And babies who survive are about 50% more likely to be born dangerously early. Read more...

The KCMO Doula Initiative

The KCMO Doula Initiative will provide direct doula service to Kansas City residents allowing them to choose from the network of doulas available through Uzazi Village. These trained professionals will offer emotional, physical, and informational support to pregnant...

Sister Doula

For the last 5 years, Black documentary filmmaker Emmett Williams has been producing a project titled SISTER DOULA, a one-hour documentary about Black infant and maternal health in America. SISTER DOULA is the story of Hakima Payne, a nurse in Kansas City who tackles...

March for Moms

Announcing our next speaker for our Sept. 29 maternal health workshop, Hakima Payne! Hakima Tafunzi Payne is the founder and Executive Director of Uzazi Village, a nonprofit dedicated to eliminating disparities in maternal and infant health in African American...

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