Dayton, Ohio (WDTN) — April is Minority Health Month in Ohio, and the Montgomery County Department of Public Health is currently wrapping up Black Maternal Health Week.
Research shows that there is a growing need to give minority communities more attention, especially when dealing with black maternal health, because mortality rates are so high.
A 2020 study conducted by the Ohio Department of Public Health found that black women are 2.5 times more likely than white women to die from pregnancy-related problems.
Additionally, a study conducted in 2021 showed that black babies died three times more often than white babies.
This statistic is one of many that inspired the launch of Minority Health Month, and black maternal health is one of Public Health’s focus campaigns.
April has been Minority Health Month since 1989. It started with the hope of holding daily events to spread awareness about inequality while educating minority groups on how to produce healthier outcomes.
“This is important because we are providing resources to people who may have unmet needs, who are unaware or unaware of some of the issues going on within our community. We want to make sure that we are safe,” said Jasmine Young, Montgomery County Public Health Project Manager.
“We want to provide these resources so that you can feel safe about your health and know what next steps you can take to combat any complications and prevent anything from happening. ”
For more information on Montgomery County Public Health, please visit: website.
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