Maternal and Child Health in Dallas
Maternal and child health is a critical public health issue in the city of Dallas and across the state of Texas, which has the highest maternity mortality rate in the developed world. To combat this issue, the state has created a Maternal Mortality and Morbidity Task Force that investigates the demographic factors, health factors and birth outcomes that place mothers at higher risk for death.
The task force found that many women, infants and children have little to no access to essential health care services and education. They also reported that black women are disproportionately affected by pregnancy-related deaths.
The American Public Health Association (APHA) is passionate about improving maternal health on a global scale, and it recently worked with the World Federation of Public Health Associations to create a policy statement on the issue. The statement urges national governments to form health statistics systems that can track maternal death rates and employ workforces that can educate and serve developing countries with high rates.
How Can We Improve Maternal Mortality Rates?
In order to combat this public health challenge, professionals are needed to create maternal and child health education and prevention strategies that can be communicated to high-risk populations — beyond Dallas and the state of Texas.
The online MPH program from GW trains students to address these important public health challenges and foster meaningful change in communities across the country and around the world.