Reversing the Trend in Maternal Mortality: What Every Provider Should Know

Maternal mortality rates are increasing in both New York State and nationally, with stark racial and ethnic disparities. Black women in New York State are three times more likely to die of pregnancy-related complications than white women. Every health care provider – regardless of specialty or practice setting – has a role in addressing this issue. This session aims to increase knowledge about maternal mortality and disparities, as well as individual and system-wide approaches to addressing this issue, from enhancing routine well-woman care as a foundation for healthy pregnancies to improving facilities’ clinical response to maternal health emergencies.

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Session details:


  • Howard A. Zucker, MD, JD (Commissioner, New York State Department of Health)
  • Craig Zelig, MD (Interim Chair, Department of OB/GYN, Albany Medical Center)


  • Elizabeth A. Howell, MD, MPP (Professor and Director of the Women's Health Research Institute, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai)
    Presentation (PDF)
  • Ashlesha K. Dayal, MD, FACOG (Director of Obstetrics, Maternal Fetal Medicine, Weill Cornell Medicine; New York-Presbyterian/Queens)
    Presentation (PDF)
  • Aimee Smith, DO (Clinical Director of Maternal Medicine, The Institute for Family Health Kingston)
    Presentation (PDF)
  • Adriann Combs, DNP, NNP-BC (Clinical Director Service Line, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Northwell Health)
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  • Wednesday, March 6th, 2019, 7:30AM-9:30AM
    Albany Medical Center, MS-169
    43 New Scotland Avenue, Albany, NY 12208

Continuing Medical Education Credits

CME credit availability has expired for this session.