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Third Thursday Webinar: EMBRACE-ing Black Joy: Perinatal Care for Expecting Black Families

  • 21 Jan 2021
  • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
  • Zoom
  • 49


  • If you are a current SCIMHA member, this event is offered at no charge.
  • Through our Professional Development Collaborative SCIMHA is offering Third Thursday Webinars to active Colorado Association of Infant Mental Health (CoAIMH) members.
  • Individuals who are not members of SCIMHA are encouraged to join. Third Thursday webinars are offered at no charge for members.

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January 21, 2020 12:00pm-1:00    

EMBRACE-ing Black Joy: Perinatal Care for Expecting Black Families

EMBRACE is a clinical program developed to give expecting Black families an opportunity to receive perinatal care from an intentional angle of racial consciousness.  EMBRACE asserts a deliberate and unapologetic stance around holding Black mothers, Black pregnant people and their families with a model of care where social and economic factors that affect their health will be identified and acknowledged.

  1. Discuss EMBRACE and components of care
  2. Discuss the integration of transformative and holistic wellness with cultural wisdom in modern, systemic health care
  3. Discuss Perinatal Mental Health areas of focus
  4. Discuss the importance of Reproductive Health & Early Infant Mental Health partnerships



Ms. Mays is Clinical Social Worker and Clinical Supervisor on staff at the UCSF/SFGH Child Trauma Research Program. She provides clinical services to children and families, supervision to clinicians in training, and is a national trainer for the dissemination of Child-Parent Psychotherapy. Markita earned her BA in Human Biology at Brown University, with an emphasis on African Studies and her Master’s degree in Social Work, focusing on Children, Youth, and Families from California State University, East Bay.  In 2018, Ms. Mays co-developed EMBRACE an integrated behavior perinatal care model for Black Families at UCSF in partnership with reproductive medical providers from the National Center of Excellence in Women’s Health.  Ms. Mays is committed to understanding the intersection and intergenerational patterns of race and trauma for African American families and communities and has a special interest in healing interventions rooted in spiritual/indigenous practices and traditions.

In addition to direct service and clinical training, Markita has pursued advocacy on behalf of children of incarcerated parents. She is the co-Founder of the Alameda County Children of Incarcerated Parents Partnership (ACCIPP), which is a regional coalition focused on those who work with or are concerned about children of incarcerated parents. In her work with ACCIPP, she served as a consultant with Sesame Street on the development and implementation of their toolkit, Little Children, Big Challenges: Incarceration

Ms. Mays was recognized by UCSF for her leadership in social justice by being awarded the 2015 UCSF Chancellor Award for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Leadership and served as a Dean Diversity Leader (2016-2018) for the UCSF School of Medicine Differences Matter Initiative. Most recently she also was the inaugural awardee for the 2020 National Zero To Three Emerging Leader in Practice.

*Time spent at this event counts toward IMHE® and/or ECMHE® Training  or Renewal requirements. We recommend consulting the Competency Guidelines associated with your Endorsement® category to confirm. Please contact SCIMHA's Endorsement Coordinator at endorsement@scimha.org with any questions.

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