North Carolina health care system is working to close the gap on health disparities when it comes to Black maternal health. A Winston-Salem-area OBGYN said there are policies and training in place to make sure patients are seen and heard.

Dr. Jaleema Speaks is an OBGYN and lead women’s physician for Novant Health at the Forsyth Medical Center.

“I love women’s health, and I think the spectrum of all types of care that we’re able to provide when women are, they’re most excited and feel the most vulnerable. And that longitudinal relationship in someone’s wellness is what I value the most about my job,” Speaks said.

Her passion for cultivating healthy relationships with her patients is why she and other providers say they are working to improve health outcomes and close health care gaps.

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