A Community Discussion on Black Maternal Health Disparities in New Jersey
On Monday, April 16, 2018 the IFS East Orange Family Success Center, in partnership with leading experts, hosted a panel discussion on Black Maternal Health Disparities. Welcoming remarks were provided by Tammy Murphy, First Lady of New Jersey. The keynote speaker was Anjanette Vaidya, founder of Honor Your Mama, who discussed strategies for improving maternal and infant health outcomes.
The discussion was held during Black Maternal Health Week in April (11th-17th) as designated by Black Mamas Matter Alliance and Essex County Birth & Breastfeeding Coalition. There were expert panelists who presented various options for assisting mothers and infants in becoming and staying healthy. Panelists include Nastassia Davis, MSN, RNC-MNN, IBCLC; Alaina Broach, Doula; Edith Eze, BSN, CNM, MS; Rachel Jean-Miles, Community Doula; and, Dr. M. Thomas, M.D., Pediatrician.
Other remarks were provided by Jackie Cornell, Principal Deputy Commissioner of Public Health Systems New Jersey Department of Health; and IFS President/CEO, Margaret L. Woods and East Orange Family Success Center Director, Kierre Kaiser.
Several doulas were honored for their role in improving pregnancy outcomes throughout the county. Organizations participating in the discussion included Visiting Nurse Association, Essex County Improving Pregnancy Outcomes Services, SPAN Parent Advocacy Network, Latch Breastfeeding and Lactation Services, and Families for Equity. The Essex County Improving Pregnancy Outcomes Project is a program of the SPAN Parent Advocacy Network and is funded by a health service grant from The New Jersey Department of Health.
The panel discussion was held at the East Orange Family Success Center 132 South Harrison Street, East Orange, NJ 07018.