Dr. Heather Howard-Bobiwash team awarded Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Public Policy Research to Advance Racial Equity and Racial Justice grant.

MSU investigators Claire Margerison (Department of Epidemiology & Biostatistics), Danielle Gartner (Department of Epidemiology & Biostatistics, Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians) and Heather Howard-Bobiwash (Department of Anthropology) were recently awarded a grant under the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Public Policy Research to Advance Racial Equity and Racial Justice program for their proposal entitled “Assessing whether Indigenous women of reproductive age had equitable access to and use of health care under the Affordable Care Act.” As a group, Indigenous pregnant and birthing persons experience high rates of morbidity and mortality while they also often hold citizenship in sovereign Indigenous Nations with whom the United States has agreements of fiduciary responsibility. In partnership with an advisory board of Indigenous health services and policy experts, this project will combine qualitative and quantitative research analyzing national datasets and interviews with expert consultants to provide understanding of how to make federal health policy work equitably for Indigenous people in the US.

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