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Evaluating Rates and Interventions Related to Black Maternal Mortality in Pennsylvania

Preston, Shayla (2023) Evaluating Rates and Interventions Related to Black Maternal Mortality in Pennsylvania. Master's Thesis, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

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Maternal mortality and severe maternal morbidity have become serious concerns in the United States, as rates continue to increase throughout the country. Black women in the United States face disproportionate rates of these conditions due to many causal factors, such as systemic racism, lack of quality access to health care, and the inequitable distribution of social determinants of health. Due to this, interventions that help improve rates of black maternal mortality and morbidity must address these causal factors. The present study seeks to determine which interventions would be the most effective in reducing black maternal morbidity if implemented in Allegheny County. The study provides a mixed-methods exploratory analysis of publicly available health department data to conclude which interventions may be the most effective. The study produced several recommendations for Allegheny County to consider when designing, implementing, and evaluating programs that address black maternal health inequities. Furthermore, the study examines how public health social workers can be utilized to advance black maternal health equity.


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Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Preston, Shaylasmp153@pitt.edusmp153
ETD Committee:
TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairGarland, Richardrig11@pitt.edurig11
Committee MemberCarr Copeland, Valiresswvcc@pitt.edusswvcc
Committee MemberMonaghan, AlyssaAlyssa.Monaghan@AlleghenyCounty.US
Committee MemberSalter, CynthiaCYS6@pitt.eduCYS6
Date: 15 May 2023
Date Type: Publication
Defense Date: 7 April 2023
Approval Date: 15 May 2023
Submission Date: 14 April 2023
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Number of Pages: 77
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: School of Public Health > Behavioral and Community Health Sciences
Degree: MPH - Master of Public Health
Thesis Type: Master's Thesis
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: black, maternal mortality, maternal health, severe maternal morbidity, racial disparities, interventions, evaluation, race
Date Deposited: 15 May 2023 22:13
Last Modified: 15 May 2023 22:13


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