Women and Children are Dying. What are We Doing About It?

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The percentage of women and their babies dying before during and shortly after child birth is rising at disturbing rates particularly among minorities.

Why is this happening? What is being done to change course? Learn more at the MACo Summer Conference session, “Women and Children are Dying. What are We Doing About It?

Title: Women and Children are Dying. What are We Doing About It?

Description: Maternal and infant deaths are on the rise nationwide. According to recent reports, a woman in the U.S. faces a 50% higher risk of dying in childbirth than did her mother. The mortality rates also show persistent health disparities. In Maryland, black infants are almost twice as likely to die before their first birthday as white infants. This panel will provide an update on recent legislation and provide an overview of several innovative and evidenced-based programs that are underway in Maryland to expand access to women’s health services, promote health equity, and help reduce maternal and infant mortality.


  • Megan Renfrew, Maryland Health Care Commission
  • Allan Anderson, Chairman, Community Health Resources Commission
  • Cathy Costa, Baltimore City Health Department
  • Russell Moy, Harford County Health Officer

Moderator: The Honorable Debra Davis, Maryland House of Delegates

Date/Time: Thursday, August 15, 2019; 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm

The MACo Summer Conference will be held August 14-17, 2019 at the Roland Powell Convention Center in Ocean City, Maryland. This year’s conference theme is “Winds of Change.”

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