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 […]
Each year approximately 700 women die in the United States as a result of pregnancy or related complications, and Black women are three- to five-times more likely to die in childbirth than White women. In honor of the fourth Black Maternal Health week, April 11-17, 2021, sponsored by the Black Mamas Matter Alliance, the National […]
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 […]
The United States is facing a maternal mortality crisis. Rising maternal mortality rates in states have far reaching consequences for the health and well-being of women, children, and their families. States are grappling with a number of factors in their efforts to improve access to quality care for this population and strengthen the systems serving them. Through the Maternal […]
In partnership with the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association, the National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP) recently held a virtual roundtable discussion of state officials to discuss maternal health initiatives in Illinois and Georgia and explore strategies to improve maternal health outcomes for Medicaid enrollees.
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 […]
Confronted with a pandemic that impacts the health of women and children – ranging from pregnancy and delivery to access to substance abuse treatment – a consortium of New Jersey state and health care experts launched a Project ECHO (Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes) initiative to share COVID-19 expertise between specialists and primary care to […]