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WEEK 4: PUBLIC HEALTH

TODAY'S CHALLENGE: MATERNAL AND INFANT MORTALITY


America is the most dangerous wealthy country in the world in which to give birth. This is, in part, due to the dramatic racial disparities in maternal and infant mortality. Toxic stress and bias in medical care mean that women of color are three to four times more likely to die from pregnancy-related complications. Racism is a public health crisis and it is time to treat it as such.
 
WE CHALLENGE YOU TO TAKE...
In the US, Black babies die at twice the rate of white babies. In some cities, the mortality rate is nearly three times as high. Read this article about the infant mortality gap and what Black doulas are doing to change it.
READ
Watch this interview featuring Stacey D. Stewart, the President and CEO of March of Dimes, where she and her co-panelists grapple with the growing maternal health crisis, and how to provide every mother the best care.
WATCH
Read this article on how the negative impact of institutional racism on maternal and infant mortality for Native American women closely parallels that of African American women.
READ
PUBLIC HEALTH WEEK ACTION ALERT

LEVEL 1: Washington State's Hispanic/Latinx infants have the country's lowest mortality rate, which is something to celebrate. However, babies of other minority groups fare worse compared to other nearby states. And compared to similarly industrialized nations, the state's overall infant mortality rate (and rates for the entire U.S.) could stand to improve (see p.17).

LEVEL 2: Talk to your company/organization's HR department about their parental leave policy and other systems in place to support new parents.

LEVEL 3: Write a letter to your local elected officials urging them to declare racism a public health crisis.
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