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To use a community-centered approach to create solutions that improve Black maternal, paternal, and infant health in Kansas through training, research, healthcare, and advocacy.


KBEN Vision: Every Black mom, dad, and infant receives quality and intentional prenatal, neonatal, and postpartum care in the state of Kansas.‚Äč

Celebrate Day 366 Vision

Celebrate Day 366 (CD366) is an annual event to bring awareness to the African American infant mortality rate in Sedgwick County and Wyandotte County, Kansas. The event centers on community education with community resources, community listening sessions on COVID and pregnancy, birthing, and fatherhood. The event also includes a community birthday party and incentives for every participant.

Kansas Birth Equity Network

Sharla Smith, Ph.D., MPH