Supporting health holistically through the maternal-child health journey improves community health now and for generations to come. This may be the life stage in which a parent is most willing and likely to engage with the healthcare system.
Research shows that our overall health is determined more by factors such as our ZIP code than our doctor. Social drivers of health are conditions in the places where people live, learn, work, and play that affect a wide range of health and quality-of-life risks and outcomes. They have a greater impact on our health than we realize. This is especially true before, during, and following pregnancy; taking social drivers into account—along with physical and behavioral drivers—is a key component of our whole-health approach to improving maternal health outcomes.
A steadily increasing maternal mortality rate and widening inequities in maternal-child health outcomes demand a closer look at data to better understand potential gaps and challenges. Elevance Health then finds opportunities to design programs that improve outcomes, advance health equity, and attend to physical, behavioral, and social health needs.