“Death by Delivery” screening announced

GOSHEN – Orange County Health Commissioner Dr. Irina Gelman has announced a film screening and panel discussion of “Death by Delivery” on Monday, February 3, 2020, from 5:30 -8:00 pm at the SUNY Orange Newburgh Campus, Kaplan Hall, located at 1 Washington Center.

“Promoting the health of women, infants and children continues to be a public health priority for the Orange County Department of Health” explained Dr. Gelman. “In fact, maternal and infant health data are widely used indicators of the overall health of a community” she added.

The NYS Department of Health reports significant outcome disparities among black women giving birth in Orange County, with black babies more likely to be born prematurely than white babies, at 13.8% vs 7.4%. It is important to note that prenatal care, gestational age, and birth weight are strong indicators of both maternal and infant health.

The Orange County Department of Health will be co-sponsoring “Death by Delivery” with the NYS DOH Office of Minority Health and Health Disparities Prevention, Maternal Infant Services Network, Planned Parenthood Greater New York, the Black Maternal Health Disparities Taskforce of Orange County, Newburgh Healthy Black and Latinx Coalition and WMCHealth Performing Provider System (PPS) member of Westchester Medical Center Health Network.

The screening will be followed by a panel discussion facilitated by the NYS DOH Maternal Mortality Program, Hofstra University Department of Health Professions Assistant Professor Martine Hackett, Giovanna Rogow, MISN Executive Director, and Chloe Vitali, community member and founder of Hudson Valley Chocolate Milk. For additional information, please call the OCDOH at 845-6680.

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