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**MEDIA ADVISORY – Tuesday, Jan. 22*** Assembly Committees to Hold Joint Hearing to Discuss 14-bill Maternal Health Package

Bills Aim to Address Disparities in Maternal Mortality Rates Between African-American and White Women

In a collaborative effort to raise awareness, provide education and offer evidence-based solutions for a growing problem in our communities–maternal deaths–the Assembly Health and Senior Services, and Women and Children Committees will hold a joint hearing to discuss a 14-bill maternal health package that was introduced Thursday.

New Jersey ranks 47th among the states in maternal mortality, with a rate of 37.3 deaths per every 100,000 live births. Black women in New Jersey are five times more likely than their white counterparts to die from pregnancy-related complications.

The hearing will be held Tuesday, January 22 at 10 a.m. in Committee Room 11, 4th Floor, State House Annex, Trenton, New Jersey.