Maternal Health Awareness Day Activities
January 23, 2019
Dr. Andrew Rubenstein and Ilise Zimmerman attended the Maternal Health Awareness Day for Hospital Systems Executives and Clinical Leaders at Cooper University Health Care today. First Lady Tammy Murphy and Commissioner Shereef Elnahal welcomed the Hospital CEO’s, OB/GYN Chairs and Maternal Child Health stakeholders. They clarified that NJ’s Maternal Mortality rates will not decrease without the collective focus and clear buy-in of the individuals present.
First Lady Tammy Murphy also announced the Nurture NJ campaign, which is a statewide awareness campaign committed to reducing infant and maternal mortality and morbidity and ensuring equitable maternal and infant care among women and children of all races and ethnicities.
The Partnership for Maternal and Child Health of Northern New Jersey is actively involved in reducing unnecessary c-section rates, promoting the identification of early warning signs and eliminating racial disparities in perinatal care through their work on the NJ Perinatal Quality Collaborative. Andrew Rubenstein, MD, the Partnership’s Quality Improvement Committee Chair, is the Chair of the Collaborative; Linda Sloane Locke, CNM, MSW and the Partnership’s President & CEO, Ilise Zimmerman, are the Co-Chairs of the Collaborative’s Health Disparities Work Group.
Yesterday, Partnership staff members Amber Rabines, Manager of the Fetal Infant Mortality Review Program, and Carolyn DeBoer, Director of Corporate Planning, presented testimony to a joint meeting of the NJ Assembly Committees on Health and Human Services and Women and Children. The Committees were considering a package of 14 bills that aim to improve maternal safety and care quality and reduce inequities in maternal outcomes.