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The future is ancestral: Indigenous and traditional birth workers from across the Americas gather to demand rights

In April, dozens of midwives and other traditional birth workers flew to New York City from as far south as Chile and as far north as Alaska to convene ahead of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII). They came to discuss common challenges and draw up demands to present at the UN forum itself. Allies from as far as Nepal, Australia and Kenya joined in the effort. With 11 countries represented, the common threads were many and strong, including an idea that became an emphatic refrain of the two-day gathering: “The future is ancestral.” As deeply traditional,

Day One Doula Collective reduces racial disparities in maternal and infant health outcomes

In Michigan, Black babies are three times more likely to die within the first year of life than white babies and Black women are nearly two times more likely to die from pregnancy-related causes than white women, according to 2019 data from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. Additionally, the preterm birth rate of babies among Black women is 59% higher than the rate among all other women. These data points are not new for the state of Michigan. For over a decade, health officials have struggled to reduce these numbers, and while there has been some improvement

Transformative Conversations: Highlights from the 30th ESSENCE Festival

The W.K. Kellogg Foundation celebrated the 30th anniversary of the ESSENCE Festival of Culture, presented by Coca-Cola, with three impactful panel discussions. WKKF’s Carla Thompson Payton, chief strategist and impact officer, kicked off the weekend at the Global Black Economic Forum Business Summit for an insightful conversation on diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) in the private sector. DEI is not only evolving but strengthening, and philanthropy is breaking down new pathways for building diverse brands and creating wealth.  Payton was joined by Chante Butler, vice president of DEI at Diageo, and the conversation was moderated by Tynesia Boyea-Robinson, president and

Breaking the shell of silence

Prevention of youth suicide in the Highlands of Chiapas, Mexico, through a documentary and a series of dialogues made by Vientos Culturales, a local organization that works with children and adolescents.

Celebrating 30 years of culture, music and community in New Orleans

The W.K. Kellogg Foundation is excited to partner with ESSENCE Festival of Culture, presented by Coca-Cola, to celebrate Black culture and empowerment.  The ESSENCE Festival is the world’s largest music and cultural event organized by and for Black women. Taking place in our priority place of New Orleans, we invite you to join us in person or virtually as we honor the intersections of Black culture, power and success in creating more equitable communities. Discover more about our conversations at ESSENCE and subscribe to find out where to connect with us and our partners. Join us virtually as WKKF’s Carla

Through physical activity breaks, Dr. Rebecca Hasson is transforming Michigan classrooms

Incorporating physical activity into children’s schedule can improve their overall emotional-social health and academic performance, and lower school absenteeism. Dr. Rebecca Hasson, a member of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation’s Global Fellows Network, created the Interrupting Prolonged Sitting with Activity (InPACT) to provide teachers with training, resources and ongoing support to integrate five, four-minute activity breaks into students’ daily routines.

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