The Department of Health and Human Services yesterday announced the HHS Racial Equity in Postpartum Care Challenge, a competition dedicated to upgrading postpartum care for Black and Native women enrolled in the Medicaid or CHIP programs. This announcement follows data showing that Black and Native women are three to four times more likely to be affected by pregnancy-related deaths. HHS, in partnership with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, will identify effective programs to address equity in postpartum care based on submissions made by health care organizations. Those interested have until Dec. 17 at 5 p.m. ET to register for the first phase of the challenge and submit their application to PostpartumChallenge@hhs.gov.

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