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Maternal and Child Health Disparities

Joia Crear-Perry, MD, FACOG, Jay-Sheree Allen, MD, and Neda Frayha, MD

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In this Hippo Education bonus conversation, Drs. Jay-Sheree Allen and Neda Frayha sit down with Dr. Joia Crear Perry, thought leader and researcher on racism as a root cause of health inequities, obstetrician-gynecologist, and Founder and President of the National Birth Equity Collaborative. They explore reasons for disparities in maternal and child health and close with three concrete steps we all can take to improve our clinical practice.

Posted 9/28/2020


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  2. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Pregnancy Mortality Surveillance System. . Accessed September 27, 2020.

  3. Testimony of Joia Crear-Perry MD Before the Sub-Committee on Health, U.S House of Representatives, September 27, 2018.

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  3. Black Mamas Matter Toolkits. Accessed September 27, 2020. 

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