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  • September 17

    Racial Disparities in Care

    Racial Disparities in Care

    September 17, 1987
    Racial Disparities in Care
    A study in the New England Journal of Medicine recognizes perinatal racial disparities in care.  This is first time linking low birth weight with economic social and environmental issues.  While recognizing these factors, the study put the burden on the individual and not the healthcare system.
  • February 7

    Regional Consortium Established

    Regional Consortium Established

    February 7, 1992
    Regional Consortium Established
    Ilise Zimmerman, MPH, MS, is tasked with establishing the Northern Regional Consortium for Maternal/Child Health to decrease infant deaths and improve maternal health for the counties of Bergen and Passaic counties.  This non-profit organization would eventually grow into the Partnership.
  • February 7

    Uniting Hospitals

    Uniting Hospitals

    February 7, 1993
    With a small staff, the Northern Consortium takes on the challenge of bringing competing hospitals together to discuss obstetric and pediatric outcomes.  All hospitals were considered to be equal in competency – responsible for using the regulations as benchmarks to designate the hospitals in terms of ability to handle patient..Read More
  • February 8

    Focus on Education

    Focus on Education

    February 8, 1994
    Nurse was responsible to identifying topics that many hospitals wanted to learn more about – grief, PPD, universal precautions. All local hospitals in the same room. Chairman of the board was from an urban hospital – Ed chair from suburban hospital. Had to collaborate.
  • February 7

    Providing Doula Services

    Providing Doula Services

    February 7, 1995
    The Northern Consortium was one of the first organizations in the state to provide doulas to act as one-on-one support during prenatal care and delivery.  With generous support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the grant employed and trained Paterson-based staff and focused on supporting pregnant women in recovery.
  • January 1

    Blue Ribbon Panel

    Blue Ribbon Panel

    January 1, 1996
    The Blue Ribbon Panel was established by NJ Governor Whitman, with the Northern Cosortium’s urging, to identify factors contributing to infant health.   Ilise Zimmerman took a lead role uniting 33 members and 4 task forces from across the state.  The report, published in 1997, recognized racism as a risk factor..Read More
  • January 1

    Serving Irvington

    Serving Irvington

    January 1, 1997
    Healthy Mothers/Healthy Babies of Irvington joined with the Northern Consortium.  This collaboration plants the seeds for the Irvington Family Development Center which continues to provide direct community support.  One of the first initiatives  engaged a pediatric psychologist to provide support to children who experienced behavioral challenges.  This mental health program..Read More

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