Watch Dr. AO’s TED Talk called “A Broken Healthcare System: Racism and Maternal Health”
The amazing Prof. Ndidiamaka Amutah-Onukagha, Professor of Black Maternal Health at Tufts University School of Medicine, joins Gavin and Jessamy to discuss the widening mortality and morbidity gap affecting Black mothers in the USA, the prospects for maternal safety following the overturning of Roe v. Wade, and how we can increase the diversity of NIH grant recipients.
“No part of this overturn is positive,” says Ndidiamaka Amutah-Onukagha, the Julia A. Okoro Professor in Black Maternal Health at Tufts University School of Medicine and director of the Center for Black Maternal Health and Reproductive Justice (CBMHRJ) at Tufts University. “For women of color who were already in a pandemic of racism prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, this is another layer that further exacerbates underlying disparities and that will leave them disproportionately impacted.”
A legacy of injustice and inequity underpins reproductive health care disparities faced today by people of color.
As more rural hospitals and obstetric units close, the federal government is just beginning to define the scope and impact of maternity care ‘deserts’
Her research on maternal health inequity among Black women – a $3 million program over the next 5 years – is one of six NIH-funded programs aimed at reducing maternal morbidity and mortality in the USA.
Watch MOTHER Lab’s Founder and Principal Investigator Dr. Amutah-Onukagha’s feature on PBS Rhode Island.