DaKysha Moore, Elijah O. Onsomu


DaKysha Moore I dmooreonsomu@ncat.edu

Dr. Moore has a Ph.D. in Communication Studies from Bowling Green State University, a Master of Health Sciences (Healthcare Management) and a Master of Science in Human Resource Development. She is currently an associate professor in the Speech Program in The John R. & Kathy R. Hairston College of Health and Human Sciences at North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State University. Her research focus is health communication, and her previous research projects have focused on minority health issues including HIV/AIDS and sickle cell disease.

Elijah O. Onsomu

Dr. Onsomu is an associate professor of Nursing at Winston-Salem State University. He received his PhD in Health Services Research from the College of Health and Human Services at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. He has a professional Master of Public Health (MPH) from the Northwest Ohio Consortium for Public Health (NOCPH; Department of Public and Allied Health, Bowling Green State University and Department of Public Health & Preventive Medicine, College of Medicine–University of Toledo). He has written extensively in the areas of maternal and child health, domestic violence, HIV/AIDS, and high-risk sexual behaviors. 


Infertility in the Black community is not widely discussed, but like many other women, Black women may experience difficulty conceiving. This study explores Black women’s interpretations of messages regarding infertility and egg freezing. The researchers conducted a focus group and developed three main themes: 1) not a Black female problem, 2) stigma, and 3) lack of awareness about egg freezing. Results indicate a need for more open conversations about infertility among family, friends, and the medical community, as well as clearer messages in the media, both of which could help some Black women to become mothers in the future.

Waiting to Conceive: Young Black women discuss media messages about infertility and egg freezing

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