Paige Pfleger | WOSU

Tuesday marks the first-ever meeting of the Ohio Black Maternal Health Caucus.

In Ohio, African American women are more likely to die in childbirth than white women. The Black Maternal Health Caucus aims to identify and address the factors that create that disparity.

“There’s something happening to women long before they’re getting pregnant that is causing changes in their body, usually due to social determinants – lack of housing, lack of transportation, chronic stress due to racism and other chronic issues like that.” says House Minority Leader Emilia Sykes (D-Akron).