Black History Month Mothers & Children 2022

The Impact of Institutional Racism on Maternal and Child Health

Understanding the history associated with the persistent health disparities impacting the Black community is a vital step toward dismantling policies and practices that continue to adversely affect Black maternal and child health outcomes.

Institutional racism—racism that began with the enslavement of Black people—was embedded in our earliest institutions, and has continued to influence policies and practices ever since.

This #BlackHistoryMonth, learn more about the impact of institutional racism on maternal and child health and the ways we can work together to improve health outcomes for the Black community. Read more from #NICHQ at

Brooke Pillifant