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Friends of the School of Social Work Fall Workshop

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Maternal/Child Health Inequalities: The Role of Social Determinants of Health

On behalf of the Salem State University Friends of the School of Social Work, community members are invited to a special presentation by Dr. Kristin Erbetta of the Salem State School of Social Work, on her research regarding the role of psychosocial stressors in maternal/child health inequities in gestational diabetes, preterm birth and low birth weight.

Every day across the globe the safety and well-being of pregnant people is threatened. Rates of maternal and child morbidity and mortality have risen dramatically since the pandemic, particularly among economically disadvantaged people and people of color. Exposure to psychosocial stressors is common during pregnancy and associated with adverse reproductive outcomes. This presentation will provide a current and historical overview of reproductive health issues and birth justice policies, including frameworks to guide understanding, and provide information about equitable and respectful practices for social work assessment and intervention.

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn about current and historical reproductive health issues and inequalities
  • Examine the impact of social determinants on reproductive health
  • Gain an understanding of birth justice policies and how social workers can advocate for equitable care

This workshop will be offered both in-person and virtually.

1.5 CEUs are available for participating in this workshop while it happens.  

When 8:00pm
Hawthorne Hotel - The Sophia Room
18 Washington Square W, Salem, Mass. 01970
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