Washington, DC – January 20, 2022 - Today, Philips and the Executives for Health Innovation (EHI) released a report entitled Maternal Health Disparities: Challenges, Trends, and the Way Forward. The report contains insights from an Executive Roundtable comprised of experts from the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, March of Dimes, Merck for Mothers, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois and Philips. The report spotlights maternal health issues, challenges and trends, illustrated with examples provided by maternal health experts and health equity champions. It offers suggestions for the path forward, showcasing both technical and policy solutions, and the importance of collaboration in maternal health to overcome the health equity barriers leading to better access and care.
“The disparities that exist in maternal health, particularly the increased mortality rate for Black and American Indian/Alaska Native women in the U.S., have reached a tipping point, creating a critical public health crisis,” said Veronica Adamson, Philips Maternal Health Champion & General Care Business Leader, Philips Healthcare. “Unfortunately, we haven’t yet seen enough commitment and focus on innovation to address health inequities in maternal care; however, I’m encouraged by this report which outlines a framework for how government, community-based organizations, and the health care industry can partner to improve access and care for all women before, during, and after childbirth.”
“After this discussion with some of the best thought leaders in maternal health, it’s clear there is still much work to be done,” said Jennifer Covich Bordenick, CEO, Executives for Health Innovation. “We must listen to the experts, and partner together to learn the hard lessons the pandemic has taught us. Without collaboration, we cannot clear the barriers mothers face. The lack of health equity in high-quality health care access is truly life or death for too many mothers.”
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