Kathryn Hall-Trujillo is the Founding Director of the Birthing Project USA. The United States is home to the highest infant mortality rate of the industrialized world: a statistic that proves especially devastating for minority populations. Through the Birthing Project, Kathryn works to improve birth outcomes for women of color by providing technical assistance and support to communities and organizations, pairing pregnant women with a sister friend, who becomes a trusted partner throughout the pregnancy and the first year of the childs life. More than 10,000 babies have been born into 90 Birthing Projects in the US, Canada, Honduras, Cuba, and Malawi. Kathryn has been honored as Woman of the Year by the California State Legislature, and a Hero in Healthcare by the Coalition for Excellence in Healthcare. She is the recipient of the Essence National Community Service Award, The United States Public Health Service Womens Health Leadership Award and is acknowledged by the National Womens Health Network as one of 30 Outstanding Activists for Womens Health during the Last 30 Years. Kathryn was inducted into Ashoka as a Global Social Entrepreneur in 2008. About TEDx, x=independently organize event In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self- organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x=independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.* (*Subject to certain rules and regulations)
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