KIRA JOHNSON ADVOCATE OF THE YEAR
Breana Lipscomb, MPH
March for Moms and 4Kira4Moms have named Breana Lipscomb the inaugural Kira Johnson Advocate of the Year Awardee, sponsored by UnitedHealthcare. Named after the late Kira Dixon Johnson, who tragically lost her life following a repeat c-section with her second son, the award is designed to expand the movement for maternal health by providing training and a platform for an advocate to deepen their work.
An incredible champion for Black maternal health, Lipscomb joined the Center for Reproductive Right’s U.S. Human Rights team in 2017 as the first U.S. Maternal Health and Rights Initiative Manager for the organization. In this role, she develops advocacy campaigns to promote Black maternal health, particularly in the South, mobilizing a broad base of stakeholders – policymakers, reproductive justice community, public health professionals, medical community, and advocates – to advance state level policies that further reproductive rights as human rights. Breana also serves as a Board member of Black Mamas Matter Alliance. She has more than fifteen years of experience in public health, including in nonprofits and state government. A resident of Georgia, Breana has a BS in Biology and a Masters of Public Health from the University of Alabama at Birmingham.
Watch this space to learn more about Breana’s advocacy journey!