Maternal Health Equity: A holistic approach to improving outcomes for Black mothers
Maryland is committed to reducing the rate of severe maternal morbidity across the state by nearly 20% by 2026. Meeting that ambitious goal depends on changing the way health care providers hear and engage with post-partum mothers, especially Black mothers who are disproportionately impacted compared to their non-Black counterparts. These women often have been seen in a primary care office, clinic, emergency department, or other community health setting where their early symptoms are underappreciated or dismissed.
With the leadership and support of an advisory group comprised of local experts in the fields of maternal health, emergency medicine, family practice, racial bias and health care inequities, the Maryland Patient Safety Center and the Maryland Hospital Association have partnered to create educational tools for non-obstetric providers to address the substantial disparity in maternal morbidity rate for Black mothers in Maryland. This effort to help providers and patients recognize early warning signs and identify and mitigate their biases will amplify the implicit bias training and expansion of prenatal and post-partum resources the state plans to implement.
Your donation on Giving Tuesday will go directly toward our Maternal Health Equity: A holistic approach to improving outcomes for Black mothers project as we launch in January, 2022. Your donation will help to close the racial gap in care for Black women.