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National Health Week and COVID-19: Maternal and Child Health

Updated: Jun 24, 2020

This week is National Public Health Week. Due to the outbreak of COVID-19, NPHW events on campus have been canceled. However, The Southwestern will cover the topics assigned to each day. Tuesday: Maternal and Child Health.

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Monday: Mental Health

Tuesday: Maternal and Child Health

Wednesday: Violence Prevention

Thursday: Environmental Health

Friday: Education

Saturday: Healthy Housing

The United States has the highest national spending on health care yet ranks low among its peers for maternal and infant mortality, two indicators of the health of a country.

Thirty-one percent of women who will become pregnant and give birth in the U.S. will face pregnancy complications. Black mothers are up to six times more likely to die due to pregnancy complications than white mothers nationwide.

 Approximately 25% of women in the U.S. do not receive the appropriate number of prenatal appointments with a health provider, but the percentage is even higher among black women and American Indian/Alaska Native women (41%).

In order to address and fight maternal mortality, we need to address income inequity and racism. We need to advocate for policies that address maternal health gaps and create programs and funding sources to address gaps in care, education, access and resources. We need to provide technical assistance and funding for states to allow them to create their own review boards for mortality related to pregnancy.

Maternal / Child Health and COVID-19

Research to date finds pregnant women and young children do not seem to be more susceptible to COVID-19. If anything, women (in general) may have a survival advantage over men (In China, 2.8% of infected men have died, compared to 1.7% of women). 

Stilll, pregnant women and children are considered "at-risk populations" and need special support during the pandemic.

Provided by NPHW.ORG

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