An Unfair Fight: How Race and Social Determinants Impact Maternal and Infant Health

A new action plan from ProgenyHealth focuses on the lasting impact of racism
and health disparities on infants and their mothers.

Plymouth Meeting, PA, June 14, 2021ProgenyHealth, LLC, a provider of comprehensive NICU care management for premature and medically complex newborns, today announced the release of a special industry report detailing how race and social determinants impact maternal and infant health.

Entitled An Unfair Fight – the comprehensive report highlights how racism relates to maternal and infant mortality rates and provides insights into how health inequities are driven beyond factors of social determinants of health. The report also urges immediate social action for health providers, health plans and policy makers.

“Though long overdue, our country is finally acknowledging a national crisis. There is a mountain of data that shows Black, Asian American, Pacific Islander, Native American, Alaska Native, and Latinx individuals are disproportionately likely to experience adverse health problems. Nowhere is this more evident than in maternal and infant health,” said Ellie Stang, MD, founder and CEO of ProgenyHealth.

 “An Unfair Fight” is currently available for download here.

About ProgenyHealth

ProgenyHealth, LLC, is the only national company dedicated exclusively to NICU Care Management — utilization management, case management and payment validation and assurance services. Our board certified neonatologists, pediatric intensivists, NICU/pediatric nurses, and social workers collaborate with providers on behalf of Medicaid and commercial health plans, as well as large employers, to ensure health care services follow evidence-based best practices and are medically necessary. We are a recognized expert in the care of newborns who have been diagnosed with neonatal abstinence syndrome at birth and solved for more than 12,000 social determinants of health issues in 2020. ProgenyHealth’s integrated program has proven effective in managing nearly 100,000 NICU cases, in over 1,400 hospitals, in all 50 states. We are measurably improving health outcomes for premature and medically complex newborns and delivering quantifiable cost savings to our partners. For more information, visit

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