Health disparities in Pittsburgh are some of the worst in the country. Black mothers in Pittsburgh are three times more likely compared to white mothers to give birth to extremely low weight babies. Black infant mortality rate is much higher than white babies in Pittsburgh and across the country, while fetal deaths are two times more likely among Black women compared to white women. In fact, the inequality between white and Black maternal mortality rates is greater than in most other cities. As the gap widens in health outcomes and the rise of health care costs outpaces earnings, families are left suffering with illnesses that lead to bills they can’t afford. We can do better. We need comprehensive health care reform to ensure that all Americans have the coverage they need and to address health systems that contribute to disparities in disparate health outcomes.
Jerry supports Medicare for All and will fight for universal coverage, lowering the costs of prescription drugs, resources for women’s reproductive care, and paid family and sick leave. The poor health and economic outcomes across race is due to individual and structural racism and sexism against women of color in Pittsburgh. Jerry’s healthcare agenda aims to transform the institutions that perpetuate these inequities by sponsoring federal programs to increase the number of Black health care providers, impose stringent reporting requirements over fair treatment practices of patients and reduce broader socioeconomic inequities faced by Pittsburgh’s Black women. He wants to expand access to maternal care in hospitals and penalize hospitals that discriminate and restrict hospital access or birthing options for pregnant or birthing persons on the basis of race, gender identity, socio-economic status, religion, sexual orientation, marital status, age, disability, national origin, and immigration status.