Pennsylvania Announces $1.7 Million to Tackle Maternal Mortality

The Pennsylvania Department of Health is reserving $1.7 million in grant money to address maternal mortality, acting Secretary of Health Debra Bogen announced last Friday. The money adds to the $2.6 million that Gov. Josh Shapiro recommended in his recent 2024–2025 budget address to go toward maternal health, as well as $2.3 million from the previous year’s budget to expand maternal health programming. The pregnancy-associated mortality rate in Pennsylvania is 82 for every 100,000 live births, according to the state Department of Health’s 2021 Maternal Mortality Report, compared to a national average of 39.2 per 100,000 live births. The report also says the maternal mortality rate for Black women in the state is twice as high than that of their white counterparts. Learn more.