Taskforce on Maternal Mortality and Disparate Racial Outcomes

On April 23, 2018, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced a comprehensive initiative to target maternal mortality and reduce racial disparities in health outcomes, building on the State's commitment to addressing maternal mortality across the state. The multi-pronged initiative includes efforts to review and better address maternal death and morbidity with a focus on racial disparities, expanding community outreach, and taking new actions to increase access to prenatal and perinatal care, including establishing a pilot expansion of Medicaid coverage for doulas. To improve maternal outcomes, the Governor created the Taskforce on Maternal Mortality and Disparate Racial Outcomes.

The Taskforce will provide expert policy advice on improving maternal outcomes, addressing racial and economic disparities and reducing the frequency of maternal mortality and morbidity in New York State. The Taskforce is charged with developing cross-cutting recommendations to reduce maternal mortality and specifically address racial disparities in outcomes for women of color. The Taskforce is convened by Secretary to the Governor and Chair of the New York State Council on Women and Girls Melissa DeRosa, Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul, New York City Public Advocate Letitia James and comprised of OB-GYNs, hospital representatives, appointees from Senate Democratic Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins, Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie, Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan and Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb, as well as other stakeholders and members of the community.


Taskforce on Maternal Mortality and Disparate Racial Outcomes Recommendations to the Governor to Reduce Maternal Mortality and Racial Disparities

Taskforce on Maternal Mortality and Disparate Racial Outcomes Membership List