Holy Name Medical Center Hosting Reception Honoring First Lady Of New Jersey Tammy Murphy

National non-profit organization First Candle will honor First Lady of New Jersey Tammy Murphy and author Kimberly Seals Allers at a reception hosted by Holy Name Medical Center on Tuesday, October 1st at 4:30 PM.

First Candle is committed to ending Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) and other sleep-related infant deaths while providing bereavement support to those who have experienced a loss.

The First Lady will be recognized for her program Nurture NJ, a statewide awareness campaign that is committed to reducing infant and maternal mortality and morbidity and ensuring equitable maternal and infant care among women and children of all races and ethnicities. Ms. Seals Allers will be recognized for her work advocating for health equity and improving breastfeeding rates among black mothers as well as the launch of her app “Irth” which will seek to “influence bias around all health interactions.”

New Jersey’s health department reports the state has the widest racial disparity in maternal health in the nation: An African American woman is five times more likely to die due to pregnancy complications than a white woman, and an African American infant is three times more likely to die in his or her first year of life than a white baby. New Jersey also ranks in the bottom five for maternal mortality nationwide, with an average of 37 pregnancy-related deaths for every 100,000 live births, according to the state – nearly twice the national average in a country that only ranks 46th in the world, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The event is underwritten by Keriton, a cross-platform, mobile app suite for feeding management, lactation analytics and patient engagement in NICUs.

WHAT: Reception for Hon. First Lady of NJ Tammy Murphy and Author Kimberly Seals Allers

WHEN: Tuesday, October 1, 2019, 4:30 PM – 5:30 PM

WHERE: Holy Name Medical Center, 718 Teaneck Road, Teaneck, NJ 07666

Hon. First Lady of NJ Tammy Murphy, author Kimberly Seals Allers, Representatives from First Candle, Holy Name Medical Center, NIH, HRSA, CDC, CPSC, ACOG, APP, Moms Rising, Black Mothers Breastfeeding Association, Ancient Song Doulas, Partnership for Maternal and Child Health, Perinatal Health Equity Foundation, Advocates for Children of New Jersey and New Jersey Department of Children and Families.