Black moms only

A group of students at Pennsylvania State University are developing a mobile app that uses machine learning to support the particular challenge set faced by Black mothers. The students partnered with MOMLogics, a community advocacy group, with the goal of developing an app that includes a journal, messaging, coaching and health tracking elements. Developers said they want to predict and prevent various physical and mental health ailments commonly afflicting Black mothers. “The stereotype is that a Black mom is a bonnet-wearing, single, welfare recipient,” MOMLogics founder Lavelle Smith Hall told the university. “There is also this intercultural pressure to be a supermom — we want to do it all on our own and we don’t need any support or help.”

Colin Wood

Written by Colin Wood

Colin Wood is the editor in chief of StateScoop and EdScoop. He’s reported on government information technology policy for more than a decade, on topics including cybersecurity, IT governance and public safety.

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