Ilise Zimmerman Testifies at NJ Senate Hearing on Maternal and Infant Mortality


On February 5, 2018, Ilise Zimmerman, executive director of the Partnership for Maternal & Child Health of Northern New Jersey gave testimony as did many other health and clinical academic leaders at the Senate Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens Committee hearing on maternal mortality and infant mortality. Held at the State House Annex in Trenton, NJ, the hearing was led by Committee Chairman Senator Joseph Vitale. In her comments, Ilise focused on the issue of disparity in New Jersey: There is a two to four (2-4) times greater risk of a Black woman losing her infant prior to birth or during the first year of life compared to a White woman. Health reports also indicate that Black women are three (3) times more at risk to lose their lives, during or after pregnancy.In her closing remarks, Ilise called for an increase in racial and ethnic diversity on the panel of the Maternal Mortality Review Commission; to translate program findings into action steps; to provide adequate and continued funding to home visitation programs and ensure that funding is distributed proportionately across the State of New Jersey.

The Partnership in collaboration with Hackensack University Medical Hospital will hold a Maternal Health and Perinatal Safety Symposium on November 1, 2018. Learn more here.

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