The National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP) has announced a new, two-year policy academy kicking off in April for state health officials interested in building state capacity to address maternal mortality for Medicaid-eligible pregnant and parenting women, with the goal of improving access to quality care. Through the Maternal and Child Health Policy Innovation […]
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About Taylor Platt
Taylor Platt joined NASHP in August 2019. As a policy associate, she works with the Child and Family Health Team on a variety of maternal health issues. Before joining NASHP, Taylor worked at Boston University’s Alzheimer’s Disease and Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy Center, where she recruited former National Football League players for a research project. She has also researched maternal and child health at the Boston University’s Slone Epidemiology Center. She holds a BA in biology and a masters of public health in health law and policy and maternal and child health from Boston University.
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New Jersey, like many states, faces rising maternal mortality rates and racial disparities. A recent review of pregnancy-related deaths in the state from 2009 to 2013 found 46.2 percent of deaths occurred in Black women, compared to 26.9 percent in White women. With approximately 40 percent of New Jersey’s births covered by Medicaid, the governor’s […]
A Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) study published in September found that pregnant women, especially Black and Latinx, are at increased risk of severe illness from COVID-19 compared to non-pregnant individuals. They are more likely to be admitted to intensive care units (ICU), receive invasive ventilation, and are at increased risk of death. […]
Maternal and infant mortality rates in the United States have been steadily rising over the past decade, with stark racial disparities between White and Black mothers and their babies. Black infants are twice as likely to die than White infants, and Black mothers are four-times more likely to die from pregnancy-related causes than White women.
The inequities laid bare by COVID-19 underscore the importance of states’ efforts to develop policies and interventions to address all health disparities. Systemic racism, a driver of these inequities, also fuels disparities in maternal morbidity and mortality – Black women are four-times more likely to die from pregnancy-related causes than White women. States are on […]
Increasing women’s access to postpartum birth control has the potential to increase the health and well-being of women and their families, and immediate postpartum birth control can lead to a decrease in unplanned pregnancies, increased intervals between pregnancies, and a reduction in neonatal abstinence syndrome births (from drug exposure in the womb). Tennessee and California […]
As families face immense stress from the pandemic, states have rapidly reworked their home visiting programs to continue to support women and children. Because face-to-face services, including case management and family support and counseling, are no longer an option, health departments now deliver these vital services by telehealth. But with this new operating platform, states […]