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Examining the Racial Disparities in Maternal Health

What can be done to improve the disparities affecting maternal health and mortality.



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The state of Texas is among the worst states when it comes to maternal mortality, with an overwhelming majority of these deaths being preventable. Elena Rivera, KERA Health Reporter shares insight on why Texas fares so poorly, current legislation that's being pushed to address the issue, and how people are having issues accessing care for complex pregnancy issues with the removal of Roe v. Wade.

Then, we're joined by Dr. LaToia Marks, OBGYN at St. Luke's Health, and Latoya Hill, Senior Policy Analyst in Racial Equity & Health Policy at KFF, to discuss why maternal mortality rates remain the highest among Black women, the drivers behind these pregnancy-related deaths, and ways to improve health outcomes for women plagued by these health disparities.



Elena Rivera

  • Health Reporter, KERA

Dr. LaToia Marks

Latoya Hill

  • Senior Policy Analyst in Racial Equity & Health Policy, KFF

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