Sending Office: Honorable Raja Krishnamoorthi
Please join us on Monday, July 23, 2018 from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM in Cannon House Office Building Room 234 for a special briefing entitled, “Maternal Mortality: Legislative and Administrative Action to Improve Maternal Health Outcomes.”
Between 700 and 900 American women die from pregnancy or childbirth-related causes each year, and more
than 50,000 nearly die. The United States ranks 47th for maternal mortality globally, and
is one of only eight countries in which the maternal mortality rate is rising. The CDC estimates 60% of maternal deaths are preventable, but
not enough is being done to support women and mothers across the nation.
This briefing will explore the work being done by state and federal public health authorities to reduce pregnancy-related death and illness, and the actions Congress must take to reverse the alarming rise in maternal deaths.
Remarks from Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi (IL-08), sponsor of the Ending Maternal Mortality Act, and a panel discussion featuring:
- Dr. Connie Bohon, District IV Co-Legislative Chair, American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
- Andria Cornell, Senior Program Manager for Women’s Health, Associations Maternal & Child Health Programs
- Cynthia Pellegrini, Senior Vice President, Public Policy and Government Affairs, March of Dimes
- Dr. Sindhu Srinivas, Health Policy Committee Vice Chair, Society for Maternal and Fetal Medicine
Audience Q&A to follow.
Coffee and donuts will be provided!
The Ending Maternal Mortality Act:
The time has come for an ambitious national plan to address maternal mortality and prioritize the health of women and mothers.
The bipartisan H.R. 5761, the Ending Maternal Mortality Act, would require the Department of Health and Human Services to design and implement an ambitious National Strategy to Combat Maternal Mortality, with the goal of cutting the rate
of preventable maternal deaths by half in the next decade and eliminating them entirely in 20 years.
The public plan would address the need for improved data collection, increased understanding of maternal mortality, eliminating racial and ethnic disparities in pregnancy outcomes, and best practices for hospital and health providers. The National Plan would
be developed in conjunction with patient advocates, health care providers, hospitals and medical practitioners, and public health officials.
For more information, or to RSVP, please contact Maria Oparil at
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