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The maternal mortality rate in the US is higher than any other developed nation and Black women are 2.6 times more likely to die in than non-Hispanic white women. This presentation will explore these data and will address how understanding the maternal experience can contribute to improved outcomes.
Outcomes from the “Maternal Experience Survey for Women of Color”, an initiative of the Prematurity Prevention Initiative, NAACP Atlantic City Black Infant and Maternal Mortality Task Force, which collected first person birth experiences throughout New Jersey will be shared. The role first person accounts of birthing experience to inform systemic changes will be explored.
About the Speaker:
Dr. Lisa Gittens-Williams is Director of Obstetrics at University Hospital, Newark, NJ. She is a Professor in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Women’s Health at Rutgers NJ Medical School and a practicing Maternal Fetal Medicine Specialist.
She serves as chair of The Maternal Health Awareness Day Committee for ACOG (American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology) District III and Legislative chair and Vice Chair of the NJ Section of ACOG.
Dr. Gittens-Williams also serves as trustee of the NJ Partnership for Maternal and Child Health, an advisor to The Greater Newark Health Care Coalition and the NJ Prematurity Prevention Initiative, and consultant to the State of NJ Maternity Report Card, serving to direct policy decisions and program development in maternal health.
- Discuss national data trends in maternal mortality, severe maternal morbidity, and racial disparities in maternal outcomes.
- Identify historical and current factors that contribute to racial disparities in maternal health outcome.
- Review the innovative Maternal Experience Survey and understand how data on the “maternal experience” can inform new models of care and contribute to health equity.
This presentation addresses increasing health equity through information and the NNLM areas of interest in maternal health and medically underserved populations.