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Racial Disparities: Did You Know?

African-American women have higher infant, fetal and perinatal mortality rates than women of other ethnicities.  Did you know? An African-American woman is 3–6 times more likely to have a pregnancy-related death than a white woman. While maternal mortality ratios for all ethnic groups have declined over the past half century, racial and ethnic disparities in maternal mortality have actually increased. Did you know? Many doctors spend less time with their patients of color. Learn more about what you can do, and see the news and research about racial disparities in the articles linked below.

WNYC News January 2017

Black Mothers Face Higher Complication Rates When Delivering Babies in NYC

US New and World Report February 2016

Racial Bias in Medicine Leads to Worse Care for Minorities​

The Joint Commission April 2016

Implicit bias in health care

ACP Hospitalist

Fighting the subconscious biases that lead to health care disparities


Racial and Ethnic Disparities
in Obstetrics and Gynecology

Springer Link

Some Advice for Minorities and Women on the Receiving End of Health-care Disparities


Racially biased cancer doctors spend less time with black patients

Harvard Gazette

The costs of inequality: Money = quality health care = longer life