In the News: Green discusses first year of ConnectRx
In April 2022, the Dane County Health Council launched ConnectRx, a care coordination tool within the electronic health record to help providers working with Black pregnant patients navigate supportive resources for patients that are available in the community, in all Madison ob-gyn clinics.
Tiffany Green, PhD, assistant professor in the UW Ob-Gyn Division of Reproductive and Population Health and co-chair of the Black Maternal & Child Health Alliance of Dane County, spoke with local and statewide media about the program’s first year:
Program steering Black women to resources aims to improve birth outcomes – Wisconsin State Journal
ConnectRx Wisconsin Leaders Mark First Year of Work to Improve Black Birth Outcomes in Dane County – Wisconsin Health News
Community health partners celebrate first anniversary of ConnectRx Wisconsin – Madison365
“With much of what we know about women’s health being built from the exploitation of Black bodies, and with disproportionate experiences in reproductive rights and care both before and after the fall of Roe V. Wade, the focus on Black women and birthing people’s health has waited far too long.
“With the data we have, I think all of us would agree that this is long overdue and very necessary,” Dr. Green said. “Given how costly reproductive inequities are to health systems, and how costly they are to society, when we focus on lifting up the most vulnerable, that’s going to benefit us all by freeing up more resources for all of us. Beyond the data, I need us to take an honest look inward and ask ourselves whether we can imagine a world where Black people’s bodies are their own, rather than being used to advance someone else’s agenda.””