New Study Links Structural Racism with Increased Risk for Preterm Birth and Infant Mortality in Black Women


The purpose of the study was to determine if local measures of race and income disparities are associated with preterm birth and infant mortality. The study found that zip codes that harbor greater racial and economic segregation, as well as racial segregation alone, are associated with greater preterm birth and infant mortality rates. In contrast, zip codes that included greater income extremes were only associated with preterm birth.