Confronting American Health Disparities: Race, Class, and Maternal Mortality in the United States

by School of Law


Wed, Feb 9, 2022

5 PM – 6 PM PST (GMT-8)

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In this year-long series, Confronting American Health Disparities, we amplify urgent health concerns related to women and LGBTQ communities. In the United States, health disparities track along nearly every aspect of healthcare delivery, too often resulting in unequal treatment, poor health outcomes, and sadly, even death. From birth to death, race, sex, disability and LGBTQ discrimination interferes with achieving wellness and wellbeing. This series takes up these important concerns and centers racial, reproductive, disability, and socioeconomic justice as imperative to a healthy and well-functioning democracy.

This event is the first in a multipart series that addresses the urgency of health disparities in the United States. This event features speakers Nourbese Flint, Dr. Tabetha Harken, Judge Glenda Hatchett, and Charles S. Johnson, IV to discuss issues at the intersection of race, sex, and class related to maternal mortality. According to the CDC, about 700 women die each year in the United States as a result of pregnancy or delivery complications. Maternal mortality affects pregnant women of all races and classes but the effects on women of color and women of lower socio-economic groups is staggering. As more and more women are being forced by the state to endure pregnancy and labor, the urgency of this issue comes to the fore. The panelist will explore what these issues mean in medicine, society, and law, drawing from personal and professional experiences.

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Please join us for the rest of the Series:

Confronting American Health Disparities: Access to Abortion and Health Care in the United States – April 6, 2022, 5:00 PM PST | 8:00 PM EST

Confronting American Health Disparities: Title X and Access to Contraception in the United States – June 8, 2022, 5:00 PM PST | 8:00 PM EST

Confronting American Health Disparities: Social Determinant of Health and Well-being – September 7, 2022, 5:00 PM PST | 8:00 PM EST

Confronting American Health Disparities: Crisis Pregnancy – October 14, 2022, 5:00 PM PST | 8:00 PM EST