The Breaking Barriers Council is a group of experts and advocates from around Kentucky working to reduce racial disparities in maternal and infant health and improve outcomes for all Kentuckians.

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Breaking Barriers includes birth workers seeking reproductive justice in Louisville's West End, doulas in Appalachia, physicians, other advocacy organizations, and people who have personally experienced the challenges facing pregnant Kentuckians and their families. 


Together, we are learning from those most affected by these issues so we can work together with a unified strategy to:

  • reduce racial disparities in maternal and infant mortality
  • restore and expand access to abortion care
  • expand pre-K and paid leave so no parent is forced to choose between a paycheck and caring for their child
  • reduce instances of sexual assault and domestic violence
  • connect survivors of violence to therapists, counselors, and other support programs
  • ensure all families have a home in Kentucky, whether they have one parent, two moms, or no moms
  • provide young people with age-appropriate, comprehensive, and inclusive education about sex, sexuality, relationships 

If you or someone you know is interested in getting involved with the Breaking Barriers Council, email Senior Policy Strategist Jackie McGranahan at