Wendy Gordon, DM, CPM, to Address the Congressional LHHS Appropriations Subcommittee Tomorrow
Tomorrow, Tuesday, March 23rd, the Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies (LHHS) will hold a hearing of its Appropriations Subcommittee on the U.S. perinatal care system and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) programs to improve outcomes for all birthing people and their babies.
NACPM is most pleased to let you know that Wendy Gordon, DM, MPH, CPM, LM, and Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Midwifery at Bastyr University, will be one of four witnesses addressing the committee. Dr. Gordon has been invited to speak to the importance of community providers in addressing the maternal health crisis in the United States and the role that Congress can play in increasing access to these critical providers, including CPMs.
The hearing will be from 10AM to 12:30PM ET and will be livestreamed here. The recording will be available after the hearing for anyone not able to listen to the live event.
The panel of witnesses will address the committee to provide overviews of different aspects of the U.S. perinatal health system:
Stacey D. Stewart, President and CEO, March of Dimes
Wendy Gordon, DM, MPH, CPM, LM, Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Midwifery, Bastyr University
Carol Sakala, PhD, Director for Maternal Health, National Partnership for Women & Families
Lisa A. Asare, MPH, Assistant Commissioner, Division of Family Health Services, New Jersey Department of Health
This is an appropriations oversight hearing, so the goals for the hearing are to:
Identify the reasons why the US lags other wealthy countries in maternal health outcomes
Examine the disparities in maternal health outcomes by race and other factors
Identify opportunities for LHHS programs to improve maternal health in the US.
We hope you will join NACPM is listening to this hearing and the opportunities for improving outcomes for all birthing people in the U.S., especially those now suffering the worst outcomes.