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Maternal & Child Health: Tackling Disparities, Improving Outcomes

  • The Newseum 555 Pennsylvania Avenue Northwest Washington, DC, 20001 United States (map)

According to the Centers for Disease Control, one of every ten babies in the United States are born prematurely, and six of every 1000 die before reaching their first birthday. While the infant mortality rate has been declining over the years, African American infants are twice as likely to die as white babies. 

When it comes to maternal health, deaths related to pregnancy have actually increased in the United States over the past quarter century. The data is even more stark for women of color. African American women are up to four times more likely to die of pregnancy-related complications than white women. 

Despite advances in medical care, why is the United States lagging behind other developed countries when it comes to maternal and child health? What barriers and disparities exist for mothers and children of color? How can they be tackled at both the community and clinical level and how can outcomes be improved? What is the role health officials and Congress can play in tackling these health inequities? 

The Hill will gather policymakers, health officials, medical experts and patient advocates for a discussion on improving maternal and child health in the United States.