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NASW-NC Member Dr. Sarah Verbiest Featured by NC Child!

Thursday, May 30, 2019   (0 Comments)
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The key to saving mothers’ and babies’ lives is in our hands – will we use it?

Honestly, it isn’t every day that I read a policy brief and experience the range of emotions that I did upon reviewing the new report from Adam Searing and Donna Cohen Ross at the Georgetown Center for Children and Families. “Medicaid Expansion Fills Gaps in Maternal Health Coverage Leading to Healthier Mothers and Babies” may not sound revolutionary, but the findings were pivotal for the field I’ve worked in for over two decades.

 

At UNC’s Jordan Institute for Families, I have had the opportunity to collaborate with innovative, talented, and dedicated leaders. We have one goal in mind: to bring the best evidence and strategies to North Carolina to prevent maternal and infant death and sickness. As a result, North Carolina is nationally recognized as a trend-setter in maternal and child health.

 

Yet as hard as we work to maximize limited resources and build new partnerships, we continue to tread water while the current of growing racial inequities pushes us back. To be clear, this is very frustrating. And it’s tragic. Babies and mothers still die at a higher rate in the US than in any other developed nation. Black families suffer at three times the rate white families do in North Carolina.

 

Read the entire article here!

 


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