According to recent government data, Black infants in America are now more than twice as likely to die as white infants — 11.3 per 1,000 Black babies, compared with 4.9 per 1,000 white babies. This tragedy is linked to another tragedy — the death or near death of Black mothers. The United State is only one of 13 countries worldwide where maternal mortality is worse now than in the 1990s.
In the Mahoning Valley, infant mortality rates are among the worst in Ohio and in the nation. Structural racism, lack of access to quality healthcare, and socioeconomic factors are often cited as the root of the problem. Many communities are investing considerable resources in reversing this trend. What programs are underway? Are they working? How can individuals and communities combat racial disparities in healthcare?
Join us on the eve of Black Maternal Health Week as local experts discuss efforts underway in the Valley to protect the health of Black women and their babies.