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Senator Ossoff co-sponsors legislation addressing maternal health for Black women – Atlanta, Georgia

Atlanta, Georgia 2021-09-27 20:02:55 –

US Senator John Osov will speak at a press conference at Clark Atlanta University on Friday, May 7, 2021. (Photo: Itoro N. Umontuen / The Atlanta Voice

On Monday afternoon, US Senator John Osov launched a push to improve maternal health and control maternal mortality in Georgia and across the country. This is a crisis that affects black women disproportionately.

Black women in Georgia are three times more likely to die from pregnancy-related complications nationwide than white women, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Senator Osov is calling on Congress to pass several legislation to improve mothers’ health and reduce mothers’ mortality in Georgia and across the country.

“The surprisingly high maternal mortality rate of black women in Georgia is a tragedy. Senator Ossov said in a statement that it is unacceptable for a mother to suffer or die due to lack of proper care. I am asking my colleagues to pass this law, which I co-sponsored to address the mortality rate of mothers of black women in Georgia.

In addition, according to CDC data released through the American Health Rankings, the mortality rate of mothers in Georgia reached 66.3 per 100,000 births between 2013 and 2017. In contrast, the national maternal mortality rate was 29.6.

According to the CDC, nearly two-thirds of mothers’ deaths occur during or after pregnancy, increasing the need for stronger prophylactic and postpartum care.

The bills co-sponsored by Senator Ossov are:

Social determinants of Mama Law

  • Establish task forces across institutions and departments to coordinate federal government efforts to address social determinants of the health of pregnant and postpartum people.
  • We fund safe, stable, suitable and quality housing for pregnant and postpartum people.
  • Study transport barriers that prevent pregnant and postpartum people from attending maternity care appointments and accessing important social services.
  • Extend the WIC qualification period for new moms.
  • We will fund the establishment and expansion of programs that provide nutritious foods, infant formulas, clean water and diapers to pregnant and postnatal people in food desserts.
  • It studies the impact of environmental risks on maternal and infant health outcomes and makes recommendations on steps to end racial and ethnic disparities.
  • Fund free drop-in child care access.
  • Grants grants to community-based organizations and the public health sector to address the unique social determinants of the health needs of the community.

Moms Matter Act

  • Invest in community-based programs that provide mental and behavioral health care and support mothers with disabilities in their health or substance use.
  • Mother’s mental and behavioral health care workforce to expand access to culturally harmonious care and support pregnant and postpartum people with maternal mental health and substance use disorders Fund programs to grow and diversify.

Data to save the mama method

  • Promote diversity and community involvement in state and tribal maternal mortality review committees.
  • Conduct a comprehensive review of maternal health data collection processes and quality measurements through engagement with key stakeholders to consider the issue.
  • We commission a comprehensive study of maternal mortality and severe maternal morbidity among Native American pregnant and postpartum people.
  • Invest in maternal health research at a Minority Serving Institute (MSI) like HBCU.

Perinatal Labor Law

  • The Secretary of Health and Welfare provides state guidance on promoting racially, ethnically and professionally diverse maternity care teams, and culturally harmonious maternity care is better for mothers, especially in the color community. We request that you study how to promote results.
  • We will fund the establishment and expansion of programs to grow and diversify maternal healthcare professionals.
  • Study the barriers that prevent women, especially poorly serviced communities, from becoming maternity care professionals and receiving fair compensation.

Techniques to save the mama method

  • The Medicare Center and the Medicade Services Innovation Center need to consider models to improve the integration of telemedicine services in maternal healthcare.
  • Funds a technology-enabled collaborative learning and capacity building model that develops and disseminates educational programming and training for underserved local maternity care providers.
  • Establish a grant program to promote digital tools designed to address racial and ethnic disparities in the consequences of maternal health.
  • We will study the use of new technologies such as artificial intelligence in mother healthcare to prevent racial and ethnic prejudices from being incorporated into maternity care innovations.

Protect the mother who served the act

  • Systematize maternity care coordination programs at VA facilities.
  • We commission a comprehensive study of veteran mother mortality and severe mother morbidity.

According to the Georgia Department of Health, all Georgia doctors, laboratories, and other health care providers report female deaths during or within 7 days of end of pregnancy, regardless of cause. Is required by law.



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