Hospitals Target Hypertension, Hemorrhage to Improve Black Obstetric Outcomes

Focused efforts to reduce hypertension and hemorrhage in Black obstetric patients—including those to enhance equity and mitigate the effects of structural racism—improved outcomes at hospitals providing safety net care, a new report from Essential Hospitals Institute shows.

The Institute, the research, education, dissemination, and leadership development arm of America’s Essential Hospitals, with funding from the CVS Health Foundation, led a two-year learning collaborative to support work at 12 essential hospitals to reduce morbidity and mortality among Black pregnant and birthing patients. The collaborative supported sharing of results and best practices among the hospitals, including MedStar Washington Hospital Center.