Kari McClure Mentzer, MA
Doctoral Candidate, HRSP&A
Division of Health Policy & Management
University of Minnesota School of Public Health
Minnesota has been described as one of the most segregated states in the country. Segregation has been linked to poor maternal health outcomes in Black populations, suggesting Minnesota Black birthing people may be at higher risk of experiencing adverse events in pregnancy and childbirth. It is not clear if this same association exists for American Indian birthing people, but preliminary data from the Minnesota Department of Health suggests disparities in maternal health for both Black and American Indian birthing people.
Index of Concentration at the Extremes (ICE), a structural racism measure combining segregation and economic disadvantage, has been reliably used to quantify the effects of structural racism on maternal health, but has never been used to understand health outcomes in our state nor has it been used to describe inequalities for American Indian populations, of which Minnesota has several.
Kari’s work seeks to describe the maternal health outcomes of Minnesota Black and American Indian populations and to examine the association of structural racism to maternal health in Minnesota for Black and American Indian people.
HPM Seminar Series is sponsored by the Division of Health Policy & Management.