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A Closer Look: Spotlight on Maternal Health

Diet quality and food security status are essential components of overall maternal health and well-being. Maternal mortality rates in the United States are the highest among all developed nations, with rates 2.9 times higher among Black women compared to non-Hispanic white women. Proper diet and nutrition are crucial to maternal health. This spotlight issue brief developed by Feeding America’s Health Equity Action League (HEAL) in collaboration with March of Dimes raises awareness about the intersection of maternal health and nutrition. The brief additionally offers suggestions on actions organizations and individuals can take to advance health equity and ensure all pregnant women have a fair opportunity to live long and healthy lives.


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