We seek an equitable future of healthcare that normalizes a diverse representation of brown skin, empowering health professionals to make more informed decisions for their patients of color.
Nekisha Killings MPH, IBCLC
Founder of The Melanated Mammary Atlas®
Nekisha Killings has led in equity education across a variety of fields over the past 20 years. From consumer goods to non-profit and religion sectors, she has utilized her writing and facilitation chops to impact the way that employees, members, and volunteers approach their work and communities. Through motherhood, Nekisha made a natural transition to focus her work in maternal and child health equity; becoming internationally board certified in lactation and launching Lioness Lactation - a comprehensive lactation support entity focused on marginalized communities. Nekisha earned a Master of Public Health degree with a concentration on lactation support as a social justice issue. She penned the chapter titled Cultural Humility in the latest Core Curriculum for Interdisciplinary Lactation Care. She is a Director of Equity, Inclusion and Belonging, and consults organizations on creating and implementing inclusive strategies. She is co-founder of Nikki & Nikki: Lactation Career Consultants, which equips aspirants of color to become lactation professionals. Nekisha‘s work is rooted in a compassion and candor that could only have been cultivated in years of supporting new parents through their entree into parenthood. Her unique approach to facilitating and teaching is peppered with aha! moments that drive complex concepts into sharp focus for large and intimate audiences alike. Learn more about Nekisha here.
How The Atlas relates to the maternal health crisis.
Maternal morbidity in the United States is a brutal and crushing reality. Black women die at 3-4 times the rate of their white counterparts during the perinatal and post partum period. All things considered, the most powerful culprit at play is racism. One way that racism manifests in medical education is in a disproportionate representation of imagery or even references regarding how symptoms may manifest in people with dark skin. We believe that one way to tackle this is to better equip practitioners to assess and treat people of color. We believe that when health professionals know how to identify serious illness in all patients, lives are saved. The Atlas is one effective tool in the fight towards health equity for all.