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Tech-savvy study aims to cut maternal and infant health disparities

Lase Ajayi, a Scripps Palliative Care and Pediatric Hospice physician who trained at San Diego Hospice, is shown in this photo, Sept. 6, 2017.
Megan Wood
Lase Ajayi, a Scripps Palliative Care and Pediatric Hospice physician who trained at San Diego Hospice, is shown in this photo, Sept. 6, 2017.

San Diego researchers are using wearable technologies to build the largest ever research community of pregnant study participants. The study called Power Mom is being conducted by Scripps Research.

The data collected is a key part of addressing the structural racism that causes Black women to be three times more likely to die during childbirth and Black infants to be twice as likely to die within their first year of life.

Scripps Researcher, Dr. Laṣé Ajayi, a physician-scientist who has herself dealt with structural racism as a pregnant woman, joined Midday Edition to talk about how she is using her experiences and scientific knowledge to lead the study.