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Hi, I’ll be live-tweeting today’s Chicago Board of Health public meeting. #ChiDocumenters
@ChiDocumenters #publichealth #chicagopublichealth
@CHIdocumenters Dr. Arwady reviews high-level updates from the dept, including an anti-#syphillis campaign, a research study on Chicago maternal mortality (#maternitymatters) that will be released soon, and a new program that will provide assistance to #newmom s at 3 Chicago hospitals.
Dr. Arwady shares info about the new training video aimed at Chicago employees who work with youth, centers a #traumainformed approach to working with them.
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@harvardmed Professor Dr. Neel Shah to @HarvardHealth:

American #women today are 50% MORE likely to die in childbirth than our mothers were & “the risk is consistently 3 to 4 times higher for black women than white women...”…
2/x- The disturbing racial disparities in America’s #MaternalHealth outcomes mirror racial inequality among our nation’s infant mortality rates.

The @CDCgov found the infant mortality rate for black babies in our nation is TWICE that of white babies.…
3/x- Per @BrookingsInst:
“this is not just a poverty story. Babies born to well educated, middle-class black mothers are more likely to die before their first birthday than babies born to poor white mothers with less than a high school education”
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Happening now: Launching of the Safe Birth Initiative at @NatHospital_ABJ An initiative by @CocaCola to support @Fmohnigeria to improve maternal health in Nigeria. Other partners of the project are @medshare and @ossap_sdgs
Nigeria contributes 30% of pediatric HIV infections globally - @IsaacFAdewole
“Our women are not disposables. We must change the narrative around maternal deaths” - @IsaacFAdewole
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There is no excuse for the lack of organized data surrounding #MaternalMortality and its racial disparities. Black women are still 3-4x more likely to die from pregnancy complications, even when you control for socioeconomic differences. #MaternalJustice
Hard truth is that this issue is bigger than a health chart. It's about how + why the voices of black patients are discounted or denied. Not a phenomenon limited to health care by any means - a societal stain this country desperately must address. #MaternalJustice
While I appreciate state-level efforts to make #MaternalJustice a priority - CA has made great strides with inequity in maternal care, and my home state of MA is studying autopsy reports & medical charts of those who suffered maternal deaths - we must do better.
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Black women are 243% more likely to die from pregnancy or childbirth related causes than white women. We can’t address solutions to #MaternalMortality without discussing solutions to the systemic racism buried deep within our nation’s health care system. #MaternalJustice
In 2014, the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination urged the US to eliminate racial disparities in the repro health field & collect data for #MaternalMortality - yet no systems exist. We need #MaternalJustice before more mothers fall btwn the cracks.
It's an injustice of unacceptable proportion that the richest, most powerful, most innovative nation on earth would allow skin color to impact something as profoundly universal as pregnancy and childbirth. We can - and must - do better. #MaternalJustice
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1/ Public image of maternal death is a woman who, in dramatic moments immediately surrounding birth, suffers terrible tragedy

latest @CDCgov data tells different story...rather than waiting to publish academic paper, decided to share analysis right away

2/ first of all, > 80% maternal death does not occur on the day of delivery... >60% does not even occur within a week of delivery

The great majority of these deaths are at home or in the community...NOT in the hospital

(slide by @BirthNumbers)
3/ second, causes of maternal death shifting...deaths due to acute pregnancy conditions (hypertension, hemorrhage) have been declining for decades

meanwhile, deaths due to chronic conditions, particularly mental health on the upswing
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Let's have a conversation about #healthcare that's larger than who pays for it shall we? For this thread I'm going to assume we can pass #MedicareForAll and insurance is no longer an issue. Now let's talk about what problems would still exist for women's healthcare /1
In this scenario #Medicare4All has been passed with the repeal of #Hyde so we don't have a problem funding abortions for anyone! But wait...does that overturn #TRAP laws? Waiting periods? Personhood bills? Heartbeat bills? 20 week bans? Specifically fund Planned Parenthood /2
Unfortunately #MedicareForAll wouldn't overturn all those pesky anti abortion laws meaning abortion would be insured if (and that's a big if) you have access to it. The reason you need Planned Parenthood still is because not all doctors choose to perform abortion /3
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