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Why is Black Maternal Mortality So High in the United States and What Can Be Done - IN PERSON EVANSTON

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According to the US Centers for Disease Control, in the United States, Black women are nearly three times as likely as white women to die from a maternal cause. In 2021, the maternal mortality rate for Black women was nearly 70 deaths per 100,000 live births 2.6 times the rate for white women. According to the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology, “pregnant and postpartum Black people continue to make up a disproportionate number of maternal deaths at growing and alarming rates. This trend must be stopped.” As a number of high-profile cases recently demonstrated, Black women and their infants are at higher risk of morbidity and mortality regardless of income or education. This program will focus on why this is happening, what can be done, and what this says about the broader issues of racial health care disparities in the United States.
In Chicago, Black women have a maternal mortality rate that is nearly six times as high as that of white women.  This is a far worse disparity than exists nationally. According to a recent article in the University of Chicago magazine, “the root causes of disproportionate pregnancy complications in Black women are driven by inequality, discrimination, and long standing racism deeply rooted in the U.S. healthcare system.” With our wealth of health care resources in metropolitan Chicago, we can and must do better.
Debra Wesley, MSW, President of Sinai Community Institute
Camille Williamson, LCSW, DSW, Program Manager for Health Equity at the American Medical Association
Moderated by Kristin Meyer, Management Analyst for the City of Evanston’s Department of Health and Human Services
Sponsored by the Evanston Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee.

Class Details

1 Session(s)
Weekly - Wed

500 Davis Center

MultipleInstructor :
1.Missy Fleming2.Roberta Rakove3.Lisa D'Angelo 



Schedule Information

Date(s) Class Days Times Location Instructor(s)
4/24/2024 - 4/24/2024 Weekly - Wed 12:00 PM - 01:00 PM Evanston, 500 Davis Center  Map Lisa D'Angelo  ; Roberta Rakove  ; Missy Fleming 
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