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Jessica Jackson, CNM, meets with a patient to discuss maternal health options at The Community Health And Social Services, Inc. in Detroit. (Photo by Olivia Lewis/Direct Relief)

Note: This story was produced as part of a joint editorial initiative through NACHC and Direct Relief.

Maternal mortality rates for Hispanic women have significantly increased in recent years. However, the Detroit-based Community Health and Social Services Center, known as CHASS, is working diligently to ensure new and expecting mothers have access to the care and support they need.

“According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the maternal mortality rate increased for Black and Hispanic women from 2018 to 2021,” wrote Olivia Lewis, writer for Direct Relief. “National data for 2022 has not yet been released. Organizations nationwide have supported efforts to decrease Black maternal mortality deaths, which have been significantly higher than white or Hispanic mothers for years. However, in 2020, the maternal mortality rate for Hispanic women significantly increased from 11.8 to 18.2 deaths per 100,000 live births, with the greatest increase for Hispanic women aged 25 to 39.”

Follow this link to learn more about what the CHASS staff is doing to reverse these trends.