Our vision is to be a voice for the voiceless and put an end to the maternal mortality crisis.
Our mission is to fight for improved maternal outcomes through advocacy and coalition building, educate the public about the impact of maternal mortality in communities, provide peer support to victim’s families, and promote the idea that maternal mortality should be viewed, and discussed as a human rights issue.
In 2016, our founder, Charles Johnson, lost his wife Kira, during a routine C-section at Cedar Sinai hospital in Los Angeles, California. He founded 4Kira4Moms in 2017 as a response to his experience, to be a voice for other mothers and families facing unnecessary maternal loss, and putting an end to the maternal mortality health crisis. Black women are disproportionately affected by this epidemic, where they are 3x more likely to die from pregnancy than white women. Implicit bias, access to healthcare, and a number of other factors highlight the need for legislation, support for community-based organizations focused on Black maternal health, and access to care, information, and resources for all underserved and disproportionately affected communities.
Since our inception, our founder has testified twice before Congress where 4Kira4Moms advocated in support of key legislation including, the Preventing Maternal Death Act of 2018, the Protecting Moms Who Served Act of 2021, and the California Momnibus. We are currently advocating on behalf of all mothers, families, and babies to pass the Black Maternal Health Momnibus Act of 2021, an unprecedented set of bills addressing every aspect of the maternal health crisis happening in America.
Meet Our Team
Alicia Scarborough, Executive Director
Alicia J Scarborough is a solutionist, innovator, and community servant who is deeply passionate about solving global crisis’s and helping individuals fulfill their career goals and life’s calling.
She began her career in Human Resources at Emory University. Shortly thereafter she founded H.A.N.D.S. Linked (Help. Aspire. Networking. Development. Success.) where for a period she annually returned to her alma mater, the College of Wooster, to host career centric symposiums and networking events connecting students with career training and job opportunities. She later served as an employer brand consultant with Bernard Hodes Group, then transitioning into the media industry as a Human Resources Generalist with the southeast’s most prestigious public broadcasting entity, Georgia Public Broadcasting (GPB).