340B Insight Podcast
Episode 72: Advancing Maternal Health Through 340B
April 17, 2023
340B contributes vital resources toward the pursuit of health equity for historically underserved communities. As we recognize National Minority Health Month, we speak with Fatimah Muhammad, director of 340B pharmaceutical services and drug replacement at Saint Peter’s University Hospital in New Brunswick, N.J. Fatimah discusses how her hospital uses 340B to address maternal health disparities, including support for a birth center to improve maternal health outcomes. Before the interview, we provide news updates on new 340B legislation in Congress and changes to drug company contract pharmacy policies. (Transcript)
- Causes of Maternal Health Disparities Fatimah shares data demonstrating disparities in maternal health outcomes and discusses the role that social determinants of health play in health disparities.
- The Saint Peter's Approach to Maternal Health Saint Peter's University Hospital created a birth center that has adopted a midwifery model of care. Fatimah discusses how the birth center incorporates doulas into patient care and how it approaches high-risk pregnancies. She also notes that the birth center cares for all patients no matter their health insurance status.
- 340B’s Role in Maternal Health Saint Peter's has used its 340B savings to provide maternal health services and expand its family health center. The hospital’s plans for continuing to support maternal health include creating a food pantry for mothers and families who are experiencing food insecurity.
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