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  • Spotlight on Success: Mercy Birthing Center

    The Mercy Birthing Center illustrates the potential of a flourishing midwifery-led unit within a hospital. The center is a separate unit operated by CNMs within Mercy Hospital St. Louis. It was established in response to women’s growing interests in receiving support for physiologic childbearing

  • Minimum Wage and Abortion Access

    In the United States, people with lower incomes, people with disabilities, and people of color have never fully enjoyed reproductive freedom. Whether a person wants to have a child or wants to not have children, their ability to exercise these rights has consistently been thwarted.

  • Effective and Equitable Patient Engagement Via Technology

    The historic COVID-19 pandemic ushered in a new era of the digital age. Technology became even more important in our daily lives -- turning into a requirement for meeting our basic needs and communications.

  • Incarceration Hurts Moms and Babies

    The Problem: Mass incarceration is hurting pregnant people and their infants

  • Poor-Quality Built Environments Hurt Moms

    The Problem: Deficiencies in neighborhoods' physical conditions impair the health of pregnant people and their infants

  • Maternal Mental Health Crisis Undermines Moms' Health

    The Problem: Untreated maternal mental health means worse health outcomes for moms and babies

  • Substance Use Disorder Hurts Moms and Babies

    The Problem: Health care and support for pregnant people with substance use disorder are inaccessible and inequitable, and instead they shamed, stigmatized, and punished.

  • Racism Hurts Moms and Babies

    Public awareness about the devastating impacts of systemic and interpersonal racism has increased sharply with the escalation of racist violence and the COVID-19 pandemic’s disparate impact on communities of color.

  • Intimate Partner Violence Endangers Pregnant People and Their Infants

    The Problem: Violence against pregnant people inflicts lasting harm on them and their babies

  • Homelessness Hurts Moms And Babies

    The Problem: The homelessness crisis is worsening and imperils pregnant people and their infants

  • Immigrant Moms and Babies Are Being Denied Health Care

    The Problem: Many immigrants are denied access to health care, leaving moms and babies at risk

  • Paid Leave Is Essential for Healthy Moms and Babies

    The Problem: The lack of national paid leave compromises the health and well-being of pregnant people and their infants

  • Saving the Lives of Moms and Babies

    This series connects the dots between how different socioeconomic factors affect maternal and infant health, the outsize impact these factors have on BIPOC communities, and recommendations to effect the change we need to ensure all moms and babies thrive.

  • Higher Temperatures Hurt Moms and Babies

    The Problem: Our climate is getting hotter and it risks the health of moms and babies

  • Testimony of Sinsi Hernández-Cancio at House Hearing on Telehealth 2021

    "I am honored to be here today to share our thoughts and concerns about ensuring that the broader implementation of telehealth works to reduce long-standing health inequities, and does not unintentionally exacerbate them."

  • Choosing Health Equity: Understanding Decision Points in Policy and Practice

    Systemic racism is a fundamental, multilevel driver of pervasive health inequities in the United States. Racism threatens our nation’s health so deeply that the American Medical Association, the American Public Health Association, and a growing list of U.S. cities, counties, and states have declared racism a public health crisis.

  • Choosing Health Equity: Resource Directory

    A guide to assessing whether research and policy advances health equity

  • Choosing Health Equity: Understanding Decision Points in Research

    Systemic racism is a fundamental, multilevel driver of pervasive health inequities in the United States. Racism threatens our nation’s health so deeply that the American Medical Association, the American Public Health Association, and a growing list of U.S. cities, counties, and states have declared racism a public health crisis.

  • Improving Our Maternity Care Now: Four Care Models Federal Policymakers Must Implement for Healthier Moms and Babies

    Federal policymakers can play an essential role in advancing these successful, high-value models of maternity care.

  • Delivering on the Promise of Telehealth

    Telehealth is central to the future of health care delivery in the United States. It has the potential to significantly improve access to care, address disparities in health outcomes, and help make health care more equitable.

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