September 5, 2013, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Office of Health Equity (OHE), Office of the Director (OD), and Pregnancy and Perinatology Branch (PPB), Division of Extramural Research (DER), NICHD
Balcony A, Natcher Conference Center (Building 45), Bethesda, Maryland
A disparity exists between the black-white gap in maternal mortality– and that gap continues to rise. Nationally, blacks have a four times greater risk of pregnancy-related complications than do whites—a rate of 36.1 per 100,000 live births compared with 9.6 for whites and 8.5 for Hispanics, according to a 2008 report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The problem is particularly acute in New York City where blacks are nearly eight times more likely to die from pregnancy-related complications than are whites, and in California where blacks are four times as likely to die from childbirth as whites. The increasing numbers of cesarean sections nationally also contribute to this trend.
The objective of this Health Equity Seminar is to review the current status of pregnancy related maternal mortality in women of color, to examine the current status of research, and to explore possible directions for future research (biomedical and biobehavioral).
Speakers for this seminar include:
Dr. Jean Flagg-Newton, OHE, OD, NICHDTel: (301) 435-2722Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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