AmeriHealth Caritas addresses national maternal health disparities that see black mothers three to four times more likely to die from pregnancy-related causes than white mothers
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“Infant and maternity mortality rates are regarded as measures of the health of a society. The racial and ethnic disparities in our current rates reflect longstanding biases that challenge our very basic capacity to offer fair and ethical health care,” said Dr.
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- Health care providers establishing a “culture of equity,” including implementing quality improvement projects that target disparities in health care outcomes, access, and treatment.
- Providers establishing systems and staff-wide education programs for collecting race, ethnicity, and language data, and how to use that information to improve patient care.
- Health care providers training staff on racial and ethnic disparities and their root causes, as well as implicit bias.
- Engaging in shared decision making between providers, patients, and family members.
“If the health care system can foster a culture of health equity, literacy, and advocacy, we will take a big step towards eliminating maternal health disparities in this country,” said
About AmeriHealth Caritas
AmeriHealth Caritas is one of the nation’s leaders in health care solutions for those most in need. Operating in 11 states and the
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Source: AmeriHealth Caritas