University of Wisconsin–Madison

Black Women's Maternal Health

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2023
Level City or Town, County, National, Other
State(s) All States
Policy Areas Children & Families, Civil Rights, Health
Regardless of socioeconomic status, Black women and birthing individuals in the United States are three times more likely to die from pregnancy than their white counterparts. To improve Black maternal health, we must address the drivers impacting health: conditions in the environment where people are born, live, learn, work, play, worship, and age that also affect a wide range of quality-of-life outcomes. This includes listening to, supporting, sustainably funding, trusting, and respectfully engaging with Black-led organizations in relationship building, ceding or sharing power with them, and creating pathways that allow community-based solutions to succeed.

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