A Key To Black Infant Survival? Black Doctors

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You're listening to shortwave. From NPR. Rachel Hardiman has always known that racism and healthcare go hand in hand because as a kid and just growing up as a black person in our society it was very clear to me just from. Watching my family and other folks it was very clear that not everyone has the same opportunities from things like access to basic healthcare to be able to see a doctor who understands your particular life experience. So regal onto dedicate her career to understanding the role race plays in all of this as a health equity researcher and professor at the University of Minnesota with a focus on racism and understanding the ways that racism gets under the skin impacts the health outcomes for black MOMS and babies. In the US black influenced I at over twice the rate of white infants, and there's an even greater racial disparity when you look at the mortality rates of the person giving birth, that's something Rachel wants to change by first understanding why? We know that chronic toxic stress across the life course contributes to adverse birth outcomes for black MOMS and babies. So because of racism and other social disadvantages that are playing out in people's lives, they come into pregnancy less healthy. Rachel. And a team of colleagues wanted to find out even more about the reasons behind the disproportionately high mortality rates for Blackburn people and their babies. What about the race of the doctor at the time of birth could that make a difference? So they looked into it and what they found was stark. So, today the show black infant and maternal mortality new evidence of the critical role. A doctor's race could play in the survival of black newborns, I Safai, and this is shortwave from NPR. This

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