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Samantha JohnsonFollow

Major

Public Health

Anticipated Graduation Year

2021

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Open Access

Abstract

The United States has one of the highest maternal morbidity and mortality rates among developed nations. Data shows significant disparities in the rates among women of different races. Black women have a much greater maternal morbidity and mortality rate than White women, and this can be largely attributed to differences in quality of care in hospitals that serve primarily Black women. To decrease the racial disparity in maternal morbidity and mortality rates, and in turn reduce overall maternal morbidity and mortality in the United States, we must leverage the tools available to us. One of the most promising options is using health information informatics tools (HIIT) to more accurately assess each woman’s social determinants of health, to launch quality of care initiatives through HIIT platforms, and to provide greater access to care through the use of telemedicine.

Faculty Mentors & Instructors

Dr. Justin Harbison, Instructor, Department of Public Health

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Reducing Racial Disparities in Maternal Morbidity and Mortality

The United States has one of the highest maternal morbidity and mortality rates among developed nations. Data shows significant disparities in the rates among women of different races. Black women have a much greater maternal morbidity and mortality rate than White women, and this can be largely attributed to differences in quality of care in hospitals that serve primarily Black women. To decrease the racial disparity in maternal morbidity and mortality rates, and in turn reduce overall maternal morbidity and mortality in the United States, we must leverage the tools available to us. One of the most promising options is using health information informatics tools (HIIT) to more accurately assess each woman’s social determinants of health, to launch quality of care initiatives through HIIT platforms, and to provide greater access to care through the use of telemedicine.