Kanika Harris, PhD, MPH
Dr. Harris currently serves as the director of maternal and child health for the Black Women’s Health Imperative. She is a behavioral health scientist with a special focus on health equity, maternal health, and women’s health. She is a mother of three, a near-miss survivor, a doula, and a birth justice advocate. She also serves as the maternal health equity advisor for the state of Maryland and the public health expert for the District of Columbia Mayor’s Commission on Lactation. Dr. Harris is co-directing and producing a documentary called Listen to Me, which explores four women at the front lines of the Black maternal health movement walking the tightrope of racism and birth in America, funded by Black Public Media. She received her master’s degree in public health and international development from Morehouse School of Medicine and her doctorate in health behavior and health education from the University of Michigan.