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Report outlines state efforts to address racial disparities in maternal mortality

A new resource details efforts in states across the country to address racial disparities in maternal mortality (Source: “State Maternal Mortality Review Committee Membership and Recommendations,” National Academy for State Health Policy, Feb. 18).

The United States faces a growing maternal mortality crisis with a maternal death rate that is higher than other developed countries. Additionally, Black women are two-to-three times more likely to die from pregnancy-related causes than non-Hispanic white women.

To better understand the root causes of these deaths and develop recommendations to improve health outcomes, many states have formed maternal mortality review committees (MMRCs). The report includes charts and maps that describe each state’s MMRC membership and recommendations.