The Maryland Patient Safety Center and the Maryland Hospital Association have partnered to create a new program that will address the substantial disparity in maternal morbidity rate for Black mothers in Maryland by providing training and educational tools for non-obstetric providers.
The B.I.R.T.H. Equity Maryland program was developed by an advisory group of local experts in the fields of maternal health, emergency medicine, family practice, community health, racial bias, and healthcare equity.
The group is led by Nicole Rochester, MD, and Suleika Michel, MD.
Dr. Nicole Rochester is a Board-Certified pediatrician with 20 years of experience practicing and teaching medicine. She is former family caregiver, an independent health advocate, healthcare navigation expert, speaker, consultant, and author. She is the founder and CEO of Your GPS Doc, LLC and also provides health equity and patient/family engagement consulting services to healthcare organizations seeking to transform the way they provide medical care to their communities.
Dr. Suleika Michel a board-certified obstetrician/gynecologist. Dr. Michel brings a wealth of OB/GYN-specific expertise and perspective to the coalition. Throughout her careerSpeaker and Educator for female health concerns, especially for preteens and teens.
Instrumental in establishing a faith-based health curriculum for 5th-12th graders.
Guest speaker for schools, churches and ministries to engage in discussions about changes in the female body occurring from teenage years through menopause
The State of Maryland has made its commitment clear to reducing the rate of severe maternal morbidity across the state by nearly 20% by 2026. Meeting that ambitious goal depends on changing the way health care providers hear and engage with post-partum women, particularly Black women who are disproportionately impacted compared to their non-Black counterparts.
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