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Addressing inequities in maternal health among women living in communities of social disadvantage and ethnic diversity

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Cristina Fernandez Turienzo, Mary Newburn, Agnes Agyepong, Rachael Buabeng, Amy Dignam, Clotilde Abe, Leah Bedward, Hannah Rayment-Jones, Sergio A. Silverio, Abigail Easter, Lauren Carson, Louise Howard, Jane Sandall, on behalf of the NIHR ARC South London Maternity and Perinatal Mental Health Research and Advisory Teams

Original languageEnglish
Article number176
Pages (from-to)1-5
JournalBMC Public Health
Volume21
Issue number1
DOIs
Accepted/In press5 Jan 2021
Published21 Jan 2021

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Funding Information: We thank the ARC South London communications team (Michele Harris-Tafri and Nick Sarson) for their support in organising the events. We also thank other participants and community members who attended the events: included but not limited to Anna Horn, Lucy Angell John, Sakina Ballard, Maria Viner, Heba Farajallah, Shamella Joy, Olajumoke Ojeleye, Kate Chivers, Kathryn Grant and Clare Dolman. Publisher Copyright: © 2021, The Author(s). Copyright: Copyright 2021 Elsevier B.V., All rights reserved.

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The response to the coronavirus outbreak and how the disease and its societal consequences pose risks to already vulnerable groups such those who are socioeconomically disadvantaged and ethnic minority groups. Researchers and community groups analysed how the COVID-19 crisis has exacerbated persisting vulnerabilities, socio-economic and structural disadvantage and discrimination faced by many communities of social disadvantage and ethnic diversity, and discussed future strategies on how best to engage and involve local groups in research to improve outcomes for childbearing women experiencing mental illness and those living in areas of social disadvantage and ethnic diversity. Discussions centred around: access, engagement and quality of care; racism, discrimination and trust; the need for engagement with community stakeholders; and the impact of wider social and economic inequalities. Addressing biomedical factors alone is not sufficient, and integrative and holistic long-term public health strategies that address societal and structural racism and overall disadvantage in society are urgently needed to improve health disparities and can only be implemented in partnership with local communities.

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