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Using the ecological systems theory to understand black/white disparities in maternal morbidity and mortality in the United States.

Noursi S, Saluja B, Richey L. Using the ecological systems theory to understand black/white disparities in maternal morbidity and mortality in the United States. J Racial Ethn Health Disparities. Epub 2020 Jul 29. doi: 10.1007/s40615-020-00825-4.

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August 26, 2020
Noursi S, Saluja B, Richey L. J Racial Ethn Health Disparities. 2021;8(3):661-669.

This study used ecological systems theory to review the literature on the root causes of racial disparities in maternal morbidity and mortality at the individual, interpersonal, community, and societal levels. Factors influencing disparities include access to preconception and prenatal care, implicit bias among health care providers, the need for quality improvement among black-serving hospitals, and policies such as parental leave. The authors also identify interventions likely to reduce disparities, such as improving health professional education, alternate prenatal care providers, and reforming Medicaid policies.

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Noursi S, Saluja B, Richey L. Using the ecological systems theory to understand black/white disparities in maternal morbidity and mortality in the United States. J Racial Ethn Health Disparities. Epub 2020 Jul 29. doi: 10.1007/s40615-020-00825-4.