Lastascia Coleman is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Carver College of Medicine at the University of Iowa. She is a Certified Nurse-Midwife. She attended the University of Iowa and obtained a BS in Psychology and a Master’s in Nursing and Healthcare Practice. She completed her Nurse-Midwifery training at the University of Illinois-Chicago. In her role as clinical assistant professor, she provides patient care in the outpatient setting and in labor and delivery. She teaches medical students and residents in OBGYN. Her interest areas are maternal quality and safety, breastfeeding, racial disparities in maternal morbidity and mortality, and simulation in healthcare. She has presented nationally on all of these topics. She was appointed to work on Dr. Lisa Hollier’s Heart Disease and Pregnancy Taskforce the developed the practice bulletin on the topic, representing the American College of Nurse-Midwives. She is the founding chair of the Black Women’s Maternal Health Collective, a community engagement organization for Black birthing people. She is a co-investigator on HRSA 19-107 Innovations in Maternity Care grant, where she is initiating a CNM training program in Iowa, serving on the workforce committee and participating in the development of the Iowa Maternal Quality Care Collaborative. She served as treasurer for the Board of Directors at the Emma Goldman Clinic and as Director-at-Large of the Iowa affiliate of the American College of Nurse-Midwives. She is currently a PhD student in the University of Iowa College of Public Health in the department of Health Management and Policy.