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Empowering Beginnings: Digital Health’s Role in Improving Birth Equity

Nov 8, 2023
2:00 pm EST
Presented by Ovia Health – An AHIP Select Member
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About This Webinar

Payers in the US have a unique opportunity to dramatically improve women’s health outcomes today. And there are many facets to improve, as new CDC reports indicate that 80% of maternal deaths are preventable, and maternal outcomes have worsened in the past 5 years.

For women of color, maternal health issues are compounded by racial disparities and inequities in care. Regardless of income or education status, outcomes for women of color are significantly worse. Studies have shown that Black women, in particular, are three to four times more likely to die from a pregnancy-related complication, and are 40% less likely to receive medication for acute pain.

There are, however, ways to combat the inequities birthing people of color face today. And payers are uniquely positioned to put improvements into place. In this webinar, speakers will share the impact technology can have on birth equity. Attendees will learn how digital health solutions can connect pregnant women with resources, improve access to racially concordant care, drive vital appointment and medication adherence, and increase health literacy and advocacy among members. Speakers will also share the impact these programs have on outcomes, with tangible results ranging from preterm birth rates, preeclampsia rates, WIC utilization, postpartum visit attendance rates, and more.

Attendees Will Learn About

  • The causes of health inequities in maternal care
  • How digital health solutions can remove barriers to care, connect members with community resources, advance health literacy and drive racially concordant care
  • The impact digital health programs have on care adherence, birth outcomes and overall health








Jenny Carrillo, PhD


Ovia Health

Dr. Jenny Carrillo serves as President of Ovia Health, a women’s and family health platform whose mission is to make a happy healthy family possible for everyone. She is inspired by innovative technologies that improve global health and works in healthcare technology to achieve health equity by removing barriers that contribute to health disparities.

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Lisa Richards, MSN, CNM

Care Team Manager

Ovia Health

Lisa Richards is a certified nurse midwife and the manager of the Ovia health coaching team. She has been working in maternal-child healthcare in a variety of settings for over 10 years. Before becoming a midwife, she also worked as a clinical research coordinator in a sleep disorders clinic. In addition to being a nurse and midwife, she is also the mom of four-year-old twins.

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Simone M'Bala, MPH, PMH-C

Care Advocate

Ovia Health

Simone has a background in Public Health and has worked for several non profits within the US and in Europe as well. Simone was fortunate enough to work with the Centre for Research on the Epidemiology of Disasters in Brussels, Belgium. This opportunity lead to her completing her MPH from both Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden & University of Oviedo in Oviedo, Spain. Once back in…

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