HHS Announces New Action Plan to Improve Maternal Health

Updated: Dec 8, 2020

Today, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services released its new comprehensive plan to reduce maternal deaths and disparities. The HHS Action Plan comes at a time when health disparities have become increasingly relevant due to the COVID-19 pandemic, affecting communities of color at alarming rates.


The HHS plan includes a roadmap for addressing risk factors, associated with certain social determinants of health (SDOH).


The Action Plan aims to accomplish three goals by 2025: (1) Reduce the maternal mortality rate by 50%, (2) Reduce the low-risk cesarean delivery rate by 25%, and (3) Achieve blood pressure control in 80% of women of reproductive age with HTN.


The News Team at North Carolina Health Equity Project, NCHEALTHEQ™, especially encourages community and religious leaders to read the HHS Action Plan and connect with the Office of Minority Health to create fruitful partnerships that work to reduce health disparities.


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Part of Continuing Coverage by COVID-19 News Team, North Carolina Health Equity Project, Inc., NCHEALTHEQ™, a nonprofit working to decrease health disparities and disease concentration among communities of color.