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Pregnant and Parenting Teens

with Dr. Dretona Maddox, DSW, BSN, RN-PHN, LCSW

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Dr. Dretona Maddox, DSW, BSN, RN-PHN, LCSW, serves as an assistant professor of Social Work at California Baptist University's College of Behavioral and Social Sciences. A survivor of suicide loss who also navigated teenage pregnancy and homelessness, Dr. Maddox embodies resilience. Her educational journey includes a BSN from the University of Phoenix, an MSW from the University of Southern California, and a DSW from California Baptist University. There, she conducted groundbreaking research on health equity barriers affecting pregnant Black teens.

Dr. Maddox's current scholarly focus lies in Black Adolescent Maternal Health, a subject close to her heart and indicative of her commitment to vulnerable communities. In addition to her academic roles, she is the founding executive director of Purposely Chosen, Inc., a non-profit devoted to supporting pregnant and parenting teens in foster care. Under her guidance, the organization runs two maternity homes in Southern California's Inland Empire, offering crucial resources to young mothers in need. 

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