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“Centering Humility in Black Maternal Health” with Dr. Kendra Flores-Carter

Keynote Speaker, Dr. Kendra Flores-Carter, Assistant Professor at California Baptist University

Wayside Recovery Center’s Maternal & Infant Health team is honored to welcome Dr. Kendra Flores-Carter as Keynote Speaker for its virtual mini-conference on May 10, 2023. Dr. Flores-Carter’s workshop entitled “Centering Humility in Black Maternal Health,” will focus on practicing and centering cultural humility to improve maternal health experiences for Black women and positively impact infant/newborn health disparities and reproductive justice.

As an advocate for social justice and change, Dr. Flores-Carter has dedicated her career to bringing educational awareness of disparities/equity concerns in healthcare experiences and various other psychosocial factors impacting marginalized women and children. She has provided services to children suffering from trauma due to child abuse/neglect and to women experiencing intimate partner violence, substance abuse complications, incarceration, homelessness & mental illness. Dr. Flores-Carter holds a B.A. in Psychology from California State University-Dominguez Hills, an MSW from California State University-Long Beach, and a Doctor of Social Work degree from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville.

Dr. Flores-Carter served as the past and Founding President of the Postpartum Support International-California Chapter. Additionally, she served six years as the Co-Chair of the Inland Empire Maternal Mental Health Collaborative. Currently, Dr. Kendra serves on the San Bernardino County Maternal Health Network leadership team and led the county wide data collection efforts for the 2021 consumer survey. She is currently a member of the City of Fontana Police Chief Roundtable Advisory Board where she chairs the mental health committee. Dr. Kendra played an essential role in the development of the City of Fontana Police Department Community Outreach and Support Team (COAST) and the implementation of a fulltime social worker and social work internship program. Dr. Flores-Carter is the founder of the Janet Don’t Cry Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to bringing education, support, and resources on mental health globally.

Dr. Flores-Carter currently is a member of the Arrowhead Regional Medical Center Institutional Review Board. Her current research interests include examining health equity, social determinants of health factors, adverse trauma, and reproductive health disparities that impacts health outcomes for women, children, and their families. Additional interests include exploring Minority women’s attitudes towards seeking mental health services and the use of Christian mindfulness meditation for the reduction of anxiety & depression symptoms. Dr. Flores-Carter research has been published in journals and books.

Dr. Flores-Carter is recognized both locally, nationally, and internationally as an expert educator in women’s and child health. Dr. Flores-Carter has presented her research at various scientific conferences, served on health expert panels, and facilitated workshops on mental health & wellness, child abuse prevention, enhancing maternal mental health care in hospitals, cultural humility, justice, equity, diversity & inclusion. Dr. Flores-Carter is also an active member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. Omega Delta Omega Chapter in San Bernardino County where she formerly Chaired the Women’s Health and Wellness Committee.

Wayside Recovery Center’s Mini Conference is FREE to all participants and is funded fully through the State Opioid Response (SOR) grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and the Minnesota Department of Human Services (MN DHS). Nothing in these materials constitutes a direct or indirect endorsement by SAMHSA or the MN DHS of content, services, or policies.

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We hope that you can join us for this special opportunity to learn from Dr. Flores-Carter. Please share this information with your network.

More detailed information about the Maternal and Infant Health Conference can be found on our website:

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About Wayside Recovery Center

For over 69 years, Wayside Recovery Center has improved the lives of nearly 40,000 women and 7,000 children in Minnesota impacted by trauma and addiction. With three gender-specific treatment locations in the Twin Cities, Wayside offers complete, holistic care for every stage of the recovery journey – from prevention to treatment to long-term recovery. Wayside was the first in Minnesota and now one of only four treatment facilities in the state to offer family residential treatment, welcoming pregnant women and women with young children. Visit to learn more.