“Erosion of Access: Maternity-Care Deserts and Racial Health Disparities in New Jersey”
Alecia McGregor, an assistant professor of community health at Tufts University, will discuss how the widespread closures of maternity-care units in New Jersey have impacted the state’s severe racial disparity in maternal health. Despite its per capita wealth, New Jersey reported the nation’s highest rate of Black maternal mortality in 2019. McGregor will explore the evolution of the state’s maternity-care deserts, where even the state capital of Trenton no longer has a hospital with an obstetric unit.
McGregor was a postdoctoral research associate in the High Meadows Environmental Institute (formerly the Princeton Environmental Institute) and Princeton’s Center for Health and Wellbeing from 2014 to 2016, where she helped launch an initiative on Race, Inequality and Health Policy in the United States.
The discussion will be moderated by Andrea Graham, professor of ecology and evolutionary biology and co-director of the Global Health Program administered by the Center for Health and Wellbeing.
This talk will be held online via Zoom webinar — register online in advance to receive a webinar link.