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Tyra Maya Gravesande

Masters of Science Candidate in Bioethics, Tufts University

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About Tyra

Gravesande's research focuses on the sacrality of the black female body, mechanisms in which food insecurity and food deserts impact perinatal health outcomes for Black birthing people, and the phenomenology of discrimination experienced by black women. Additionally, Gravesande's work finds interest in interrogating portrayals of violence and black encounters with medicine. She is interested in the examination of how black people, especially black women, negotiate their care. Reflecting and connecting the paths where violence and black encounters meet at the site of medical treatment. Overall, Gravesande's work examines portrayals of black people’s suspicion as epistemological sites.



"Statement on Black Maternal Health," (with Angel Gabriel, Ayana Crawl-Bey, Shivani Waghmare, Melinda Seide, Alexis Kendall, and Stephanie Ta), Student National Medical Association Health Policy & Legislative Affairs Committee, January 2024.

Focuses on addressing the continuing crisis of Black maternal mortality rates and recommends innovative solutions to combat this problem. Emphasizes that advocating for the improvement of Black obstetrics outcomes is part of SNMA’s commitment to serving the underserved.