The city also faces challenges such as poverty and limited access to quality health care that help fuel the local maternal and infant health crisis. These factors contribute to high rates of preterm birth and infant mortality, particularly for communities of color. Broward County is a diverse community located in Southeast Florida that serves as a hub for local and foreign businesses. It is home to 2 million residents (30% Black; 30% Latino or Hispanic), with nearly 22,000 live births in 2019.
Broward County, 2017-2019 Average
Broward County, 2016-2018 Average
Florida’s Pregnancy-Associated Mortality Review (PAMR) is an ongoing surveillance process that involves data collection and examination of maternal deaths to promote evidence-based actions.
An article describing the steps Broward County is taking to address systemic racism.
Skye Wheeler, a senior researcher in the Women’s Rights Division of Human Rights Watch, discusses the correlation between extreme heat and adverse birth outcomes with NBC 6 News.