Poster I submitted for the UN’s Youth Pre-Conference event on June 16th, 2010
Daniel Wiggins, Pratt Institute Graduate Communication Design Student
While researching the UN’s Millennium Development Goals 4 and 5, I came across a disturbing Maternal Health fact within my own country. “Black women in the United States are 3-times more likely to die as a result of childbirth than white women,” according to a study. Could this really be true; are there really such large health disparities in the US? Due to many socioeconomic factors, there are huge disparities in health and life expectancy in the US. As an “socially aware” college student, I was shocked I was unaware of these issues. Most of us believe these are Third World problems, and they do not exist in our own neighborhoods. This is simply untrue. The fact is, many health outcomes in the US for specific minority groups (and I’m talking about millions of citizens),
are equal to those in developing nations.
As designers, we are given a unique opportunity to impact the world around us, and it is our responsibility to be aware and informed. I hope this poster, along with further research, will help shed light on the need for better Maternal Health practices in this country. While Maternal Health is truly an global issue, change must start at home.