Posted by Michele Spatz on April 29th, 2022
Posted in: Blog, Consumer Health, Equity Diversity Inclusion, Health Disparities, Health Equity, Health Literacy, News from NNLM, Public Libraries
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The CDC is focused on addressing a startling statistic: Black women are three times more likely to die from a pregnancy-related cause than White women. Differences in medical access, healthcare quality, underlying chronic health conditions, structural racism, and implicit bias contribute to this alarming disparity. Social determinants of health, which are defined by the CDC as, “conditions in the places where people live, learn, work, and play that affect a wide range of health risks and outcomes,” prevent many people from racial and ethnic minority groups from having fair opportunities for economic, physical, and emotional health. This range of issues contributes to untoward pregnancy outcomes for Black mothers and other people of color. Many of these outcomes are preventable and this month the NNLM Reading Club shines a light on the importance of Caring for Black Mothers.
The NNLM Reading Club has selected three helpful books to start the conversation:
We encourage you to learn more about Caring for Black Mothers by reading one of these books and discussing it in your book club. Visit NNLM Reading. Club: Caring for Black Mothers to get started.