2022 HEALTH CARE EDITION
UNINSURED POPULATIONS More than 56,000 Spring and Klein women did not have health insurance coverage as of 2020. Three in 4 Texas women ages 18-44 are insured.
BIRTH RATES ON THE DECLINE Women are tending to have children later in life, experts said, which has led to a declining
Commissioner Rodney Ellis; and U.S. Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, D¡Houston, each presented proclamations declar- ing May 21 as Maternal Health Day. Sima Ladjevardian, who serves as the regional director of Region VI for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, said the panel discussion was the rst of what will become an annual event during which stakeholders will measure progress and continue to identify challenges. “At HHS, we’re taking unprece- dented actions to really make sure that these disparities are limited and we strengthen Black maternal health by expanding health coverage, imple- menting new policies and providing funding to ensure safer pregnancies and postpartum services,” she said. Brown said Harris County Public Health plans to establish a program in late 2022 to target the county’s Black maternal mortality and morbidity rates. The initiative will help remove barriers to resources.
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birth rate and higher risks in pregnancy. Fertility rate (births per 1,000 women ages 15-50 in the past 12 months)
SOURCES: AMERICAN COMMUNITY SURVEY 5¢YEAR ESTIMATES FOR 2010, 2015 AND 2020COMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER Harris County United States Texas
SOURCES: U.S. CENSUS BUREAU’S AMERICAN COMMUNITY SURVEY, VALUEPENGUINCOMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER
pregnancy due to the pandemic. The longer women wait to con- ceive, the more risks they can face in pregnancy and childbirth. The NCHS reported mothers age 40 and older faced a maternal mortality rate of 107.9 per 100,000 births in 2020. Women ages 25-39 died at a rate of 22.8 per 100,000 births. “I think you have to respect the fact that there are higher risks as a woman gets older in terms of getting
same level of care as their peers. “Pregnancy is serious. The rewards are great, but the complications and risk factors are as great,” Marshall said. Statewide, nearly all hospitals that deliver babies participate in the TexasAIM to Reduce Maternal Mortality & Morbidity program, a DSHS initiative launched in 2018 to implement best practices in hospitals. Locally, Houston Mayor Sylves- ter Turner; Harris County Precinct 1
pregnant,” said Dr. June Marshall, an OB¡GYN on sta§ with HCA Houston
Healthcare Tomball. Reducing the rates
One way local hospital systems, such as HCA Houston Healthcare, help care for mothers is by o§ering prenatal education. Media Relations Director Annette Garber said sta§ have also undergone bias training to help ensure Black women receive the
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