New research by Ponnila Marinescu, MD, of the University of Rochester Medical Center in New York, and colleagues found that mothers living in neighborhoods with a higher prevalence of COVID-19 diagnoses were more than three times as likely to have had a preterm birth before 28 weeks.

The research was presented at the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine annual meeting. The findings also concluded that COVID severity by zip code positively correlated with the number of residents below the poverty threshold.

People from racial and ethnic minority groups have seen significant disparities when it comes to COVID-19. According to the CDC, these disparities exist because of neighborhoods, lack of access to healthcare, job conditions, income and more. This new study further outlines the risk to minority groups.

The study’s author concluded that “our collective role should thus be to take action, to advocate for and inspire socioeconomic policies that support economic vibrancy and promote optimal health outcomes in all communities.”

Our Healthy Community (OHC) is dedicated to addressing health disparities and inequities in minority populations by connecting faith and non faith based community organization leaders, members, and stakeholders with resources to improve population health outcomes.

Learn how OHC is working with community organizations to improve health outcomes and reduce disparities.

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