HealthConnect One aims to increase breastfeeding intention, initiation, and duration at 6 weeks for between Black, Indigenous, and other People of Color (BIPOC) and their families. This fact sheet highlights the existing inequities between BIPOC families and breastfeeding ending with recommendations for centering breastfeeding promotion and education in maternal and child health.
HealthConnect One acknowledges the work put in by our Summer/Fall 2021 intern, Darnisha Pulley, in putting together this fact sheet.
Perhaps the biggest structural challenge posed by COVID-19 is the strain that the pandemic is placing on healthcare systems.
The human costs, however, are much more significant – recent data has shown that Black, Indigenous, Black Latinx and Latinx (BIPOC) populations and poorer people have higher rates of infection and are more likely to die from COVID-19.
For birthing families in Puerto Rico this could mean less attention in an already over-burdened system, a heightened susceptibility to exposure and infection, and an increase in adverse maternal health outcomes. Any public health response to COVID-19 must include a focus on birth equity work and center the needs of birthing families that are facing the greatest hardship during this pandemic.
Key components of this brief include:
- Disparities in outcomes pre Covid-19
- Birthing during a pandemic
For more information on this topic, please send questions or comments to Khadija Gurnah, Director of Policy and Advocacy at email@example.com
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