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Black History Month: Featured Podcast with Dr. Kimarie Bugg Part 1 of 2

February 22, 2022

In this final Black History Month featured podcast, highlighting the 2022 theme of Black Health and Wellness, we will focus on maternal and infant health and the inequities that have plagued Black communities throughout history.

Our guest is lactation expert and Union faculty member, Dr. Kimarie Bugg, D.N.P., FNP-BC, M.P.H, IBCLC ( Dr. Bugg is President and CEO of Reaching Our Sisters Everywhere (ROSE), a national nonprofit created in 2011 to address breastfeeding inequities in the African American community, and a career perinatal and neonatal nurse professional. Dr. Bugg has spent nearly four decades working in the Atlanta Metropolitan area and nationally in mostly African American communities promoting perinatal health, breastfeeding, and community-based impact solutions.

Dr. Bugg is joined by host Lisa Akers (, PhD, RDN, IBCLC, RLC, FAND. Dr. Akers is currently the Program Chair for the Bachelor of Science in Maternal Child Health: Human Lactation, the Master of Arts in Health and Wellness, the Master of Arts in Human Lactation Studies, and the Master of Arts in Applied Nutrition and Dietetics Programs at Union Institute & University.

Join us now for this timely and thought-provoking discussion. This is a two-part series, so be sure to listen to both segments (once available). Dr. Bugg mentions numerous articles and websites during this podcast. Here are references/links to help you find more information:

  • Asiodu, I. V., Bugg, K., & Palmquist, A. E. (2021). Achieving breastfeeding equity and justice in Black communities: past, present, and future. Breastfeeding Medicine, 16(6), 447-451.
  • Bartick, M. C., Schwarz, E. B., Green, B. D., Jegier, B. J., Reinhold, A. G., Colaizy, T. T., ... & Stuebe, A. M. (2017). Suboptimal breastfeeding in the United States: Maternal and pediatric health outcomes and costs. Maternal & child nutrition, 13(1), e12366.
  • Merewood, A., Bugg, K., Burnham, L., Krane, K., Nickel, N., Broom, S., ... & Feldman-Winter, L. (2019). Addressing racial inequities in breastfeeding in the southern United States. Pediatrics, 143(2).