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In an effort to continue to address the ways racism impacts the social determinants of health and health outcomes, the Health Improvement Collaborative of Southeastern Connecticut launched a monthly series this year, focused on Racism as a Public Health Issue. This month, the focus is on how racism shows up in the healthcare delivery system, with a particular focus on the maternal mortality crisis of Black, Indigenous and Hispanic women.
America spends more on health care than any other country, yet has lower life expectancy and some of the worst health outcomes in the world.
Black, Native, and Hispanic Americans, have long experienced higher rates of disease and death, from COVID-19 to pregnancy and birth outcomes. In fact, nationally, Black and Native American women experience higher pregnancy-related deaths than all other racial/ethnic populations.
Acknowledging the role racism plays in health care delivery is a step forward in reimagining systems that work together to create opportunities for everyone to live their happiest, healthiest lives.
Join the conversation to learn how we got to this point and what it will take to turn the tide and improve health care delivery and outcomes.