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Dr. Seun Ross joins panel hosted by WURD Radio’s Sara M. Lomax on maternal health and wellness for Black women

By May 29, 2024June 5th, 2024Featured Health & Well-being Leadership

Independence Blue Cross (IBX) Executive Director of Health Equity Dr. Seun Ross took part in a panel led by WURD Radio’s President and CEO Sara M. Lomax on maternal health and wellness for Black women. She was joined by Maternity Care Coalition President and CEO Marianne Fray; Oshun Family Center Founder and Executive Director Saleemah McNeil; and AfterShock documentary subject, ARIAH Foundation Co-Founder, and Spirit of A Woman Leadership Development Institute CEO Shawnee Benton Gibson. The panel took place on May 22.  

The panel focused on why Black women in the United States have a disproportionately high rate of maternal mortality. It also explored strategies that could help ensure healthy, safe pregnancies for Black women in the future. Dr. Ross shared her insights on the national crisis and what IBX is doing to support Black mothers and their babies.  

“My job here at Independence is to look at our data, find the disparity, and correct it. One of the things that we focus on is maternal health and severe maternal morbidity. Focusing on the voice of the patient and really listening is what I think will help mitigate this,” said Dr. Ross.

She also shared information on the implicit bias training IBX offers to those in its network. “We partnered with the March of Dimes to give that training to all the birth workers in our network. That’s not just physicians, that’s not just midwives, not providers if you will. That is the people at the front desk, the people who answer the phone who hear the complaint first. That’s the medical assistants, that’s the nurses, the nurse practitioner, the PAs, everyone. Whoever is in the birth space takes this training.”  

The full program can be viewed on Facebook