Developments in the Quest to Advance Equity in Maternal and Child Health in the Age of COVID-19: The Bad, the Good, and the Promising

The U.S. has the highest rate of maternal mortality among the world’s high-income nations. To compound the problem, disparities in U.S. maternal mortality rates fall along racial, ethnic, and geographic lines. Almeta Cooper, National Manager for Health Equity, Moms Clean Air Force, speaks with Priya Bathija, Adjunct Professor, Loyola University Chicago School of Law, Andrea Ferrari, Partner, Jones Walker, Ashley Keith-Phillips, Assistant General Counsel, University Hospitals Health System, and Marki Stewart, Attorney, Coppersmith Brockelman, about how U.S. rates of maternal and child health compare globally and the types of disparities that exist, national efforts to address the crisis in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, and the challenges impacting those efforts. Andrea authored an article for AHLA’s special edition of the Journal of Health and Life Sciences Law dedicated to “Emerging Issues in Health Equity in the United States: Legal, Legislative, and Policy Perspectives.”