Maternal Health and Cardiovascular Disease webinar


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Cardiovascular disease—including heart disease, stroke, cardiomyopathy and other cardiovascular conditions—is the leading cause of death among pregnant women in the United States. Cardiovascular conditions account for over one-third of maternal deaths and contribute to significant maternal morbidity. Ongoing efforts to reduce maternal mortality also address health disparities and new challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic. This webinar will discuss state legislation and other programs and policies that address cardiovascular disease in the context of preventing maternal mortality and improving women’s health, along with relevant context and lessons learned from the pandemic.


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  • Khanh Nguyen, project manager, NCSL
  • Dr. Rachel Bond, system director of women’s heart health, Dignity Health, member, Cardiovascular Disease in Women Committee, Association of Black Cardiologists
  • Dr. Veronica Gillispie-Bell, medical director, Louisiana Perinatal Quality Collaborative and Pregnancy Associated Mortality Review
  • Erik Skinner, policy associate, NCSL