Lisa Rab, Politico Magazine, December 15
Black women are 320% more likely to die from pregnancy-related complications than white women. While awareness of the health crisis facing black women has grown nationally, the solutions have been primarily local. Private groups have been providing doulas to women of color in cities across the country, improving the health outcomes for them and their babies. While programs like this have made a difference, experts say community-based doulas cannot, by themselves, overcome all the complex factors that contribute to higher mortality rates. Policy and systemic racism need to be addressed as well.
Maria Godoy, NPR, December 17
Chef Tunde Wey uses food as a tool for social justice. His company, BabyZoos, aims to use profits from the sale of applesauce to hospitals to fund ventures that create more economic opportunities for African Americans in an effort to close racial wealth and health gaps.