Black mothers are 5Xs more likely to die than white mothers in New Jersey, which is ranked 45th in the nation for overall maternal health.
We passed a package of bills most recently in the Legislature where we had 80-member support for dealing with the reproductive health of African American women. 60% in the state of New Jersey have mortality rates that should not occur at this point in time, where we’re actually losing lives of the mother and the baby in a country where we had advanced medicines. So we’re really working on policies right now that will increase access, a payer source for mothers, a doula service
Mental Health Care
The 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline is a United States-based suicide prevention network of over 200+ crisis centers that provides 24/7 service via a toll-free hotline with the number 9-8-8. It is available to anyone in suicidal crisis or emotional distress
Sumter & Jimenez Bill to create COVID-19 Pandemic Task Force to study racial and health disparities approved by Assembly Panel.
The bill (A-4004), sponsored by Assembly Democrats Shavonda Sumter and Angelica Jimenez, would create a 21-member Coronavirus Disease Pandemic Task Force on Racial and Health Disparities in the New Jersey Department of Health. The group would conduct a thorough and comprehensive study of how the pandemic has affected minority and vulnerable communities in New Jersey, as well as the short and long term consequences for these communities.