2023 Speak Up When You're Down Gala

May 19, 2023 @ 6:00PM — 10:00PM Pacific Time (US & Canada) Add to Calendar

Westdrift Hotel : 1400 Parkview Ave Manhattan Beach, CA 90266 Get Directions

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Cultivating Community Voices

Speak Up When You’re Down Gala: Cultivating Community Voices

The goal of our Speak Up When You’re Down Gala is to honor and celebrate individuals who have survived perinatal depression, anxiety, grief, loss and other hardship, and the friends, family, providers and community leaders who have supported and advocated for them. This year’s theme, Cultivating Community Voices, celebrates the varied and powerful voices that are advancing Black birth equity, justice, and living at the county and state level.


Dr. Diana Ramos, MD, MPH, MBA, FACOG
California Surgeon General

Intergenerational Leaders of Black Birth Equity and Justice

Wenonah Valentine, MBA, Executive Director, i.D.R.E.A.M. for Racial Health Equity

Adjoa Jones, MBA, CLES, Doula, Los Angeles County African American Infant and
Maternal Mortality (AAIMM) Prevention Initiative

Dr. Sayida Peprah-Wilson, PsyD, Founder and Executive Director
Diversity Uplifts, Inc.

The event features a cocktail reception, seated dinner, silent auction and entertainment.
Cocktail attire requested.

Proceeds from the gala will be used to support Maternal Mental Health NOW’s training, public awareness, and advocacy activities, including the Black Birth Workers Community.



Funded in part by First 5 LA, a leading public grantmaking and child advocacy organization

Additional generous support comes from our sponsors California Community Foundation, California Health Care Foundation, Health Net, Heluna Health, Providence, Sage Therapeutics, and Sheikh/Impact.

A big thank you to our sponsors!

Speak Fiercely
First 5 LA
Speak Courageosly
California Community Foundation
Health Net
Providence Southern California
Speak in Community
California Health Care Foundation
Sage Therapeutics and Biogen

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