Pregnant women in the United States are more than twice as likely to die from complications related to pregnancy or childbirth than those in most other high-income countries in the world. The sad reality is that women of color are disproportionately impacted. Urgent action is needed to address persistent health inequities and ensure all mothers receive the best possible care throughout their pregnancies.
During a National Association of Black Journalists webinar on May 19, 2021, Blue Cross Blue Shield Association previewed the Blue Cross Blue Shield, The Health of America Report®, “Racial Disparities in Maternal Health” and hosted a discussion with health equity leaders on the current state of racial disparities in healthcare, strategies to change the trajectory of disparities, and solutions for Black maternal health.
Panelists included Blue Cross Blue Shield Association President and CEO Kim Keck, Congresswoman Lauren Underwood (IL-14) and Rachel R. Hardeman, PhD, MPH, Blue Cross Endowed Professor of Health and Racial Equity and founding director, Center for Antiracism Research for Health Equity, University of Minnesota, School of Public Health. The event was moderated by Cindy George, a health journalist.
To learn more about our National Health Equity Strategy, visit BlueHealthEquity.com.