DSW Candidate – Niara Morrow, LISW-S, LCSW, PMH-C, 9AM – 10:15AM


Virtual Showcase of DSW Scholars 2024 Event!

Addressing Racial Disparities in Maternal Healthcare: Development of a Culturally Competent Model of Care

DSW Candidate – Niara Morrow, LISW-S, LCSW, PMH-C

Monday, April 22, 2024

9AM – 10:15AM Eastern Time Zone

Credit Hours: 1.0


Addressing Racial Disparities in Maternal Healthcare: Development of a Culturally Competent Model of Care

The existing body of scholarly literature conducts a comprehensive investigation into many historical incidents that provide evidence of the presence of racism in the fields of healthcare and health research. It is concerning that there has been a constant increased trend in morbidity and mortality rates among Black women in the United States. This pattern suggests that there has been an increase in unfavorable consequences for the health of mothers. There is compelling evidence to show that a sizeable proportion of cases of maternal mortality may have been avoided via the implementation of suitable preventive interventions at the appropriate times.

The implementation of treatment procedures cannot be universally applied to African Americans due to the distinctiveness of their experiences. Regrettably, there is a lack of sufficient utilization of culturally sensitive approaches in aiding those of African descent. To engage in culturally competent practice, it is imperative to possess a critical understanding of the cultural values and traditions of the client, as well as acknowledge the multifaceted nature of social identities. The successful execution of this undertaking necessitates the prioritizing of the perspectives and lived realities of staff members, patients, and communities who have been subjected to racialization. The purpose of this presentation is to explore and address the impact that racial inequalities have on the maternal healthcare available to Black women.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Learners will understand the effects of racial bias in maternal care.
  2. Learners will be able to identify risk and protective factors in receiving quality maternal healthcare.
  3. Learners will be able to incorporate culturally competent care into their own practice.

Delivery Method: Live Interactive Training via Zoom Video Conferencing

Credit Hours: 1.0 (ACE)

Target Audience: This conference is intended for social workers and students.


Accreditation: University of Kentucky College of Social Work, Provider # 1377, is approved as an ACE provider to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Regulatory boards are the final authority on courses accepted for continuing education credit. ACE provider approval period: 9/29/22-9/29/25. Social workers participating in this conference will receive up to 15 general continuing education credits.

Claiming CE Credit: Instructions for claiming CE credit will be disseminated at the beginning of each session.

Questions: If you have any questions regarding CE credit or to report a grievance, please contact Melissa Whitaker at melissa.whitaker@uky.edu. For technical assistance, please contact lmshelp@uky.edu.