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A Community Conversation

Black Fertility Panel

We are thrilled to sponsor this special event and support the vision of our Patient Support Group Host and patient advocate, Lindsay Griffin, LCSW.

It’s essential to recognize the unique challenges Black women and couples face when trying to conceive, as they often encounter more difficulty and are more likely to experience miscarriages. The Black Fertility Panel aims to shed light on these issues and initiate a community-wide conversation. Topics for discussion will include experiencing pregnancy losses, infertility, and navigating fertility treatments.

Lindsay Griffin drew inspiration for this event from CCRM Fertility’s Black Fertility Matters initiative, which is dedicated to providing ongoing education, encouragement, and empowerment to the Black community.

When:

Saturday, June 15, 2024
1 PM to 3 PM

Where:

Appoquinimink Library
204 E. Main Street
Middletown, Delaware

Moderator

Lindsay Griffin, LCSW

Lindsay Griffin is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Delaware, a wife, IVF mom of 2, and currently a Ph.D. Candidate at Bryn Mawr College Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research. She is focused on improving reproductive health outcomes for Black women, using the fundamental tenets of Reproductive Justice. Lindsay is also a big advocate of having access to quality mental health services, as our mental health and physical health are connected.

Meet Our Panelists

Representative Kendra Johnson

“Without access to IVF, my two beautiful children would not be here today, so I know firsthand the immeasurable joy that these treatments bring to those who dream of starting or growing their families.”

– Rep. Kendra Johnson

Kendra L. Johnson has dedicated her entire career to serving individuals living with disadvantages and life challenges. Having been born and raised in the city of Chester in an extended family environment, it was through that experience where she learned the value of service to others. Kendra earned a master’s degree in human services from Lincoln University. After graduation, Kendra assumed a role of Executive Director, for one of the nation’s oldest and most prestigious nonprofit organizations in the United States. Kendra has a history of being an active and engaged servant leader who was constantly in the trenches with her teams, leading by example by demonstrating the desired behaviors which enhanced the experiences of the vulnerable individuals that were served under her leadership. Kendra has been the State Representative of the 5th district in Delaware since 2018 and is the current Chair of the Delaware Legislative Black Caucus.

In April 2024, Kendra introduced HB 374, a bill aimed at securing access to fertility treatments in Delaware by establishing legal safeguards for providers offering such services.

LaToya Brathwaite-Washington MSN, FNP-BC

LaToya Brathwaite-Washington MSN, FNP-BC, is a board-certified Family Nurse Practitioner with over 15 years of experience in pediatrics, family practice, and public health. She is the Founder and Lead Practitioner of Mother Baby and Beyond LLC (MB&B) – a community healthcare practice providing post-partum healthcare and early parenting support to expectant and new mothers and families of children birth to 3. MB&B also provides healthcare through maternal screening and referral to services through community pop-up clinics throughout the state of Delaware in partnership with the Delaware Division of Substance Abuse and Mental Health (DSAMH). LaToya also serves as the Nurse Consultant for New Castle County Community Health Services to provide expertise, education, support, and advocacy for the good and well-being of the citizens of New Castle County and throughout the entire state of Delaware. Outside of career, her heart belongs to her family. She has two miracle daughters, ages 12 and 15, who are her pride and joy. In her free time, she enjoys reading, writing, traveling, and spending time with family and friends.

Tanerra Willis

Tanerra Willis is the founder of The Amazing Author Catalog and book fairs. These initiatives focus on improving literacy and providing diverse titles to school, home, and family-based organizations. In addition to her role as a retail entrepreneur, she is a motivational speaker, coach, and mentor, with a special interest in empowering women and teen girls. Through her workshops and coaching sessions, Tanerra not only inspires, but also equips them with practical resources, tools, and access to enhance their personal and professional lives. Lastly, Tanerra is a woman who suffers with infertility and has committed herself to being a lifelong advocate and supporter of families struggling with infertility.

Ashley Kontra, PA-C

Ashley Kontra, PA-C, is a valued member of the RADfertility team, bringing a wealth of experience and personal connection to her role as a physician associate. Passionate about educating patients on how their overall health and wellness impact their fertility, Ashley is committed to supporting them throughout their journey from start to finish. She believes that personal growth is the greatest accomplishment.

Ashley is dedicated to addressing disparities in reproductive health and raising awareness. As a panelist for this event, Ashley aims to contribute to the important community conversation by sharing her insights and experiences to help others grow their families.

Resources

Tinina Q. CADE Foundation

Eggs over Easy: Black Women & Fertility

The TEARS Foundation

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