Exploring African Americans’ High Maternal and Infant Death Rates

The following excerpt comes from the February 1, 2018, article by Cristina Novoa and Jamila Taylor posted by the Center for American Progress. References have been removed from the excerpt. Shortly after giving birth to her son in August 2017, 27-year-old activist and Black Lives Matter icon Erica Garner suffered her first heart attack. Garner, … Continue reading Exploring African Americans’ High Maternal and Infant Death Rates

Racial Health Disparities Are Well Documented

The following excerpt comes from the December 12, 2017, article by Sheela Nimishakavi from NPQ. Following the tragic death of a highly educated and accomplished African American mother three weeks after giving birth, a tough question remains unanswered: If education, income, and a strong support system cannot protect black women from dying during and shortly … Continue reading Racial Health Disparities Are Well Documented

Alabama infant mortality almost three times higher for African-Americans

From the article by Amy Yurkanin in AL.com: Almost 500 babies born in Alabama in 2015 did not live to celebrate their first birthdays, and the tragedy of those deaths fell most heavily on African-American families. The overall infant mortality rate in Alabama fell to 8.3 deaths per 1,000 births last year from 8.7 in … Continue reading Alabama infant mortality almost three times higher for African-Americans

Changing Access to Care for Women of Childbearing Age

In late October, the Health Reform Monitoring Survey (HRMS), released a policy brief exploring the changes in the levels of insurance coverage, access to care, and healthcare affordability for women of childbearing age. The researchers analyzed survey data from between summer 2013 (just prior to the implementation of the ACA’s major coverage provisions) and winter … Continue reading Changing Access to Care for Women of Childbearing Age