Webinar: Addressing Racial Bias in Maternal Health Outcomes Through Data Disaggregation

Black women are three to four times more likely to die a pregnancy-related death in the United States than white or Hispanic women. Maternal mortality rates are only part of the story; that is, maternal deaths are a tragic outcome related to a much bigger problem.

Every maternal death started as a complication, and life-threatening complications are as much as 50 times more common than maternal death. In Harris County, Black women experience higher rates of severe maternal morbidity than Hispanic or Asian women, reflecting state and national trends.

Hear from a group of experts who are addressing disparities in maternal outcomes by reviewing data by race and ethnicity and developing customized interventions.

By participating in this webinar, individuals can equip themselves to be an advocate within their organization for data disaggregation by race and ethnicity, with a focus on severe maternal morbidity.

Lisa Sloane, MHA, is Founder and CEO of More Inclusive Healthcare, an organization committed to helping healthcare organizations do the good work of making healthcare more inclusive and equitable so that everyone will have the opportunity to achieve their full health potential. She will discuss the utility of disaggregating discharge data and quality measures by demographic data points, such as race and ethnicity, to identify and resolve disparities in access and care.

Sarosh Rana, MD, MPH, used data to understand the maternal health disparities in Cook County, Illinois, by race, and implemented a program focused on preeclampsia, improving outcomes for Black patients and all patients overall. She is a professor of obstetrics and gynecology and Section Chief of Maternal-Fetal Medicine at UChicago Medicine.

Christina Davidson, MD, is leading efforts to disaggregate postpartum hemorrhage data by race and ethnicity and develop a culture of birth equity at Texas Children’s Pavilion for Women where she serves as the Chief Quality Officer for Obstetrics & Gynecology. She is also the Vice Chair of Quality & Patient Safety for the Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology and Associate Professor in the Division of Maternal Fetal Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine.

The panel and discussion will be moderated by Carla Ortique, MD, an obstetrician and gynecologist with The Women’s Specialists of Houston at Texas Children’s Pavilion for Women and serves as co-chair for Improving Maternal Health’s Steering Committee.

Presented by Improving Maternal Health, an initiative addressing the various and complex drivers of maternal mortality and other adverse outcomes in Houston and Harris County through a comprehensive, long-term strategy.

Thursday, October 8, 2020
7 –
8:30 a.m. Central

Register in advance for this meeting.

Questions: Please contact Alicia Lee.