Closer Look: Maternal Mortality Prevention; Shaky Knees Music Festival Founder; And More

Dr. Alexis Dunn, an assistant professor at Emory University’s Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing, talks about the epidemic of maternal death rates.
Dr. Alexis Dunn, an assistant professor at Emory University’s Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing, talks about the epidemic of maternal death rates.
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Wednesday on “Closer Look with Rose Scott”:

  • 0:00: Rose gives a news brief about Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms’ first State of the City address. Her speech focused on achievements and goals including efforts to create more affordable housing, reducing blight and restoring trust in city government. She cited a new program to improve government transparency and the creation of an online database for the public to access city records. Mayor Bottoms said her administration is already working to overhaul the city’s ethic policies, and wants to make Atlanta a model for other cities in the future.
  • In other news, Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal is making the rounds today as he signs various bills into law, including the 2019 budget, at the state capitol. Deal is also signing other bills throughout the state, including in Tipton, Georgia, like HB769, which pertains to rural health care.
  • 5:13: If you head to Central Park in Atlanta this weekend, you’ll be hearing musical acts like David Byrne, Jack White, The National, Parquet Courts, Amasa Hines, Jacob Banks, and Atlanta’s own Manchester Orchestra. They’re all performing at this year’s Shaky Knees Music Festival. The history of the festival grew out of one person’s desire to showcase more indie music right here in Atlanta. Tim Sweetwood, the founder of Shaky Knees Music Festival, joins us in studio.
  • 22:41: The United States has the worst rate of maternal deaths in the developed world – and 60 percent are preventable. African-American women die at roughly three to four times the rate of white women. Closer Look continues its series on maternal mortality with Dr. Alexis Dunn, an assistant professor at Emory University’s Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing, who researches this epidemic and works with mothers to help them stay healthy throughout their pregnancy.
  • 39:52: Since its founding in 1995 in South Bronx, NY, the nonprofit Per Scholas has had a mission to increase access to technology for minority communities. In 2016, the organization brought that mission to Atlanta, and since then has worked to train women and communities of color skills in information technology. We speak to Jasmine Miller, managing director of Per Scholas Atlanta, and a current student, Erika, about the organization’s work.

Closer Look is produced by Candace Wheeler, Emilia Brock and Trevor Young.