Assembly Women and Children

The Assembly Women and Children Committee handles issues concerning the status of women and families and the welfare of children.
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Mosquera on Child Abuse Prevention Month:

"During April and Beyond, We Must Promote Awareness, Take Steps to Protect Children, Hold Predators Accountable"

Assemblywoman Gabriela Mosquera (D-Camden, Gloucester), chair, Assembly Women and Children Committee, issued the following rallying call Monday to mark the beginning of National Child Abuse Prevention Month:

"I think all of us either know someone or even suffered our own personal experience with the emotional, physical and psychological trauma of child abuse. For many people, this trauma has left scars that the victims will deal with for the rest of their lives.

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Jasey, Johnson, Verrelli Release Statement on Measure to Identify, Takes Steps to Secure Federal Maternal Mental Health Funding

Would Require DOH, DHS to Report Findings by 2020

Recognizing the significance of mental health before, during and after pregnancy, a measure that would require the New Jersey Department of Health and Department of Human Services to identify and take steps to secure federal dollars for maternal mental health, a bill sponsored by Assembly Democrats Mila Jasey (D-Essex, Morris), Gordon Johnson (D-Bergen) and Anthony Verrelli (D-Hunterdon, Mercer) was approved 80-0-0 Monday by the full Assembly.

The legislators released the following joint statement regarding the measure (A-4937):

"With the CDC reporting that approximately 1 in 9 women in the U.S. experiences postpartum depression symptoms, it is imperative that funding sources connecting them to mental health services are identified.

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Assembly Approves Maternal Health Bills that Address Disparities in Maternal Mortality Rates between African-American and White Women

As part of a statewide effort to address disparities in maternal mortality rates between African-American and white women, and to reverse the trend that ranks New Jersey 47th among the states in maternal mortality with 37.3 deaths per 100,000 live births, a maternal health package introduced last month was approved by the full Assembly Monday.

A common thread among the measures is a focus on African-American women and uncovering why they are at such higher risk of dying from pregnancy complications than white women. During 2011-2014, the CDC found alarming racial disparities in maternal infant mortality deaths nationwide: 12.4 deaths per 100,000 live births for white women compared to a staggering 40 deaths per 100,000 live births for black women. The measures look to evaluate the state's current maternal educational efforts and to conduct surveys that can provide key insight as to women's perceptions on these efforts.

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