As Congress addresses the threats to Black maternal health, it is important to also discuss the impact of intimate partner violence (IPV) on maternal mortality. A 2016 review of pregnancy-associated deaths in Philadelphia found that 50% of the homicides involved IPV, and 43.7% of Black women have experienced physical violence from an intimate partner. Indigenous women face similar disparities in maternal health outcomes. The disproportionate impact of COVID on communities of color has exacerbated these issues.
The briefing will highlight the leading causes of pregnancy-associated death (homicide, suicide, and drug overdose) and the relationship with intimate partner violence and structural barriers to health equity. Join to hear from leading health and advocacy experts to lift up these issues and share timely policy solutions.