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Special Edition

Raising Community Voices to Reduce Maternal Mortality

Originally presented on March 28, 2019


Meaghan Carroll, M.S.Ed.
Health Program Administrator/Family Planning Program Manager
New York State Department of Health, Bureau of Women, Infant and Adolescent Health

Colette Sturgis, BS, IBCLC
Program Director
Maternal Infant Community Health Collaborative
Urban Health Plan Inc.

Nina Rogers
Community Participant
New York State Listening Sessions

Also Featuring:

Howard A. Zucker, MD, JD
New York State Department of Health

Reverend Diann Holt
Founder and Executive Director
Durham Baby Café

Pamela Abner, MPA
VP & Chief Administrative Officer
Office for Diversity and Inclusion, Mount Sinai Health System

There are significant and persistent racial and ethnic disparities in maternal health outcomes in the U.S. and in New York State (NYS). In NYS, black women are 3-4 times more likely to die from causes related to pregnancy than their white counterparts. This webcast focuses on the critical importance of engaging and learning from community voices to help us better understand and address these outcomes. It will feature initiatives that are taking place at the state, community, and health systems levels to reduce racial disparities in maternal mortality in NYS. Viewers will have the opportunity to hear and learn from state representatives, community leaders, and community members.

Learning Outcome
As a result of this activity, the learner will be able to enhance their knowledge and competence on the critical importance of engaging and learning from community voices to help us better understand and address Maternal Mortality outcomes.

Learning Objectives
After viewing the webcast, participants will be able to:

  • Compare racial disparities and outcomes in maternal mortality in New York State;
  • Recognize themes voiced by NYS women related to disparities in maternal health and health care to inform their practice; and
  • Identify New York State initiatives, community approaches, and changes in clinical systems to address disparities in maternal health and health care.

Target Audience
Lactation Counselors, Nurses, Nurse Practitioners, Physicians, Physician Assistants, Public Health Professionals, Social Workers

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The planners, moderator, and presenters have disclosed no financial arrangements or affiliations with any commercial entities whose products, research or services may be discussed in this activity.

All relevant financial relationships have been mitigated.

No commercial funding has been accepted for this activity.

Continuing Medical Education Credits

The School of Public Health, University at Albany is accredited by the Medical Society of the State of New York (MSSNY) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The School of Public Health, University at Albany designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. 

Continuing Medical Education Credits are offered until March 31, 2023.

Continuing Nurse Education Contact Hours

University at Albany School of Public Health is approved with distinction as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the Northeast Multistate Division Education Unit, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

This offering is approved for 1.5 nursing contact hour(s).

Nursing Contact Hours are offered until March 31, 2023.

Certified Health Education Specialist Contact Hours

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Continuing Education Contact Hours are offered until March 31, 2023.

Social Work

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This offering is approved for 1.5 social work self-study continuing education hour.

Social Work continuing education hours are offered until March 31, 2023.