WATCH: Vice President Harris delivers remarks on efforts to improve maternal health

Vice President Kamala Harris delivered remarks Thursday on efforts to improve maternal health among minorities during a visit to University of California San Francisco Mission Bay Medical Center in San Francisco, California.

Watch Harris’ remarks in the player above.

During the visit, Harris highlighted the good work health professionals do while addressing the systemic inequalities many minority women face when going through childbirth.

“I do believe that our nation is facing a crisis on the issue of maternal health. It’s real,” she said. “And it is impacting so many women and their families and communities.”

Harris said Black women are three times more likely to die from pregnancy-related complications than white women. Additionally, women in rural areas of America are far more likely to die from complications than in suburban or urban areas.

“All of these topics must be elevated as national priorities. And that is why President Joe Biden and I have waged this fight from the White House,” Harris said.

Last December, Harris convened the first federal Maternal Health Day of Action where she called for the improvement of health outcomes for both parents and infants in the United States.