With the assistance of the National Association of Children’s Hospitals, US Representatives Dave Reichert (WA-8) and Kathy Castor (FL-11) founded the bipartisan Children’s Health Care Caucus dedicated to building support for legislation that improves the quality of care for children and their access to the quality care. The Caucus advances legislative initiatives that provide access to health coverage, ensure preventative care, seek cures for debilitating diseases and chronic conditions, and promote healthy living habits for America’s children.
In this country, black women have maternal death rates over three times higher that women of other races and babies born to women of color can face a 130 percent higher infant death rate. To address these issues, The Caucus sponsored an educational briefing on Thursday, May 24, 2018, entitled Protecting America’s Moms and Their New Babies. Experts, including Estrellita “Lo” Berry, President and CEO of REACHUP, Inc. provided an overview of where we are as a nation, and shared what health care providers and community organizations are doing to make sure moms are supported during their pregnancies and babies are born healthy. The Panelists also identified the policy levers working to keep moms and babies safe, as well as efforts within communities to improve care and support families. Ms. Berry spoke on the urgency of collectively working upstream (policies and procedures) and downstream (community engagement) to address maternal and infant mortality.
The panel was moderated by Stacey D. Stewart, President, March of Dimes and included Lisa M. Hollier, M.D., President, American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and Frank Belmonte, D.O., M.P.H., Chief Medical Officer and Chair of Pediatrics, Advocate Children’s Hospital which serves metropolitan Chicago and the Midwest.
Estrellita “Lo” Berry, Dr. Lisa Hollier, Stacey Stewart and Dr. Frank Belamonte.