APRIL IS NATIONAL MINORITY HEALTH MONTH.

APRIL IS
NATIONAL MINORITY
HEALTH MONTH.

The U.S. health care system has historically failed people of color, including during the crucial time of pregnancy. Multiple health, societal and economic factors are all contributors, including unequal access to maternity care. March of Dimes works every day to end preventable maternal risks and death, end preterm birth and close the health equity gap for families everywhere.

HOW WE’RE HELPING

March of Dimes supports investments nationally and locally to reduce disparities in maternal and infant health. As part of this work, we offer implicit bias training to increase awareness and stimulate action to address implicit bias in maternity care settings.

Each year, March of Dimes Mom & Baby Mobile Health Centers® serve more than 2,400 uninsured and underinsured people, providing services like pregnancy testing, care coordination and social support services, all free of charge.

ACTIONS YOU CAN TAKE

Be an advocate
Every family deserves access to quality care, but that’s not always the case. Join us as an advocate through the March of Dimes Advocacy Network to call on policymakers to pass legislation that can help reduce health care disparities. You can help us overcome these disparities by telling Congress to pass #Momnibus today.

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Raise vaccine confidence
COVID-19 vaccination, including boosters, can help end the pandemic that has disproportionately affected communities of color. The reality is that experiences with racism and discrimination can contribute to mistrust of the health care system among racial and ethnic minority groups, leading to mistrust of factual information on vaccines and boosters.

Help us “give your community a boost” by raising vaccine confidence and combatting misinformation for all Americans. Together we can support friends and family to get vaccinated and share the truth about vaccinations.

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Make a donation
Women of color are up to 50 percent more likely to give birth preterm and their children face up to a 130 percent higher infant death rate. We believe a person’s ZIP code and skin color shouldn’t determine the level and quality of care they or their baby receive. And with your help, we can change that to improve the health of every mom and baby. Give to March of Dimes to help reduce health care disparities for every family.

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