Doctors hope implicit bias training will address the high maternal mortality rates of Black women

HEALTH | Black women are three to four times more likely than white women to die of pregnancy-related causes, with postpartum hemorrhaging being one of the leading preventable causes. Doctors and patients believe implicit bias is partly to blame for the high number. (NBC News, 5/11)

The racial disparity in U.S. maternal mortality rates is one of the severest in all of women’s health. Researchers don’t have a clear explanation for why.

“There seems to be something specific about the African-American experience here in the United States that seems to just have a toxic effect on the health of African-Americans,” said Swapna Reddy, who teaches a class on health disparity at Arizona State University. “It seems to be this double whammy, the intersectionality of being both African-American and also being a woman.”

ENVIRONMENT | This law firm is helping to install solar panels in the District’s low-income communities. (WaPo, 5/11)

PUBLIC SAFETYMass Incarceration Is a Public-Health Problem (Atlantic, 5/11)

– Tysons Corner’s plan to attract new residents includes building transit-oriented development and walkable spaces. (GGWash, 5/10)

– The District’s attorney general’s office has reached a settlement with Sandford Capital, one of the city’s most controversial landlords, to sell off its remaining properties and stay out of subsidized housing until 2025. (WaPo, 5/10)

FINANCE | The National Community Reinvestment Coalition has found that banks are reluctant to lend funds to low- to moderate-income borrowers and borrowers of color. (Next City, 5/9)

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