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Why the disparity in Black maternal health?

  • Scott LaMar
Close-up of pregnant woman in mask sitting at doctor's office during her visit

Close-up of pregnant woman in mask sitting at doctor's office during her visit

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Each year in the United States, about 700 people die during pregnancy or the year after. Another 50,000 people each year have unexpected outcomes of labor and delivery with serious short- or long-term health consequences. Black women are three times more likely to die from a pregnancy-related cause than White women.

Social determinants of health may prevent many people from racial and ethnic minority groups from having fair opportunities for economic, physical, and emotional health.

Dr. Nancy Mimm, who leads the population health graduate programs at Harrisburg University of Science and Technology, is on Thursday’s Smart Talk to discuss Black maternal health.

 

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