After Scandal, Virginia's Maternal Mortality Disparity Gets New Attention []


The blackface scandal may end up derailing the political career of two statewide elected officials.

But it may also end up changing policy in Virginia.

Black women in Virginia are more than three times more likely to die in childbirth than any other race, according to numbers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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So true  ... Virginia Health Secretary Daniel Carey says racism might play a role in that grim statistic. “Experiencing racism is thought to be one of those things that sets off the fight or flight response that individuals have, and when you have that ongoing psychological stress it leads to worse outcomes in diabetes and in heart disease and in cancer care,” Carey said