Giving birth can be a life or death event, even in the contemporary USA. The risks are even higher for Black mothers, and UConn researcher Haile Eshe Cole wants to understand why that it is, and how to change it. Cole recently joined UConn’s Department of Anthropology with a joint appointment with the Africana Studies Institute, and is a member of the newly established health disparities cluster. She brings expertise and experience not only as a researcher, but also as a part of the community she is researching.
“Health disparities aren’t just this thing that popped up a couple of years ago,” she says. “It’s not about health care access only. There are so many issues intersecting to make those disparities happen.”
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