Public health measures over the years typically testify to great strides in social progress. However, in maternal mortality and morbidity, we have seen a marked downward trend, with growing disparities by race and recognition of a major crisis. From 2006 through 2015, the rate of deliveries involving any severe maternal morbidity increased 45 percent nationally, from 101.3 to 146.6 per 10,000 delivery hospitalizations. By 2014, New York state was #1 in the nation for severe maternal morbidity, with a maternal harm rate of 238.5 per 10,000 deliveries (the national average is 171.7).
In this interactive session, expert panelists will provide an overview of the issue in New York; explain what the data tells us about disparities, variation and causes; share background on past approaches; and share what efforts are in the works in New York and elsewhere. After the panel discussion, the audience and panelists will engage in a roundtable discussion to generate ideas and consensus of the opportunities for philanthropy. The panelists and invited guests can also field questions and provide clarifications needed during the facilitated roundtable discussion.
- What the evidence tells us: “I hear a lot of anecdotal information but want a better sense of the facts.”
- The cross sector nature of the crisis: “I am not in health philanthropy. Is there a role for our foundation?”
- What has been done to address it: “I don’t want to reinvent the wheel. What has been tried and failed already?”
- Building community voices: “What do the affected communities say they need? Are they at the table?”
- Applying a racial equity lens: “I want to better understand the racial issues at play and how bias is driving the crisis.”
- Elizabeth Howell, MD, Director of The Blavatnik Family Women’s Health Research Institute, Mount Sinai Health System
- Deborah Kaplan, Assistant Commissioner, Bureau of Maternal, Infant, and Reproductive Health, NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
- Chanel Porchia-Albert, Executive Director, Ancient Song Doula Services
- Nan Strauss, Director of Policy and Advocacy, Every Mother Counts
- Amy Shefrin (Moderator), Program Officer, New York State Health Foundation
All interested funders.
8:45 - 9:00 AM Check-in
9:00- 11:00 AM Program
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