State Rep. Curry to host Black Maternal Health Day in Harrisburg

HARRISBURG, March 31 – State Rep. Gina H. Curry, D-Delaware, is hosting a day dedicated to Black maternal health at the Capitol Complex in Harrisburg beginning at 8:30 a.m. Thursday, April 13.

Curry is hosting the day in conjunction with the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus Joint Subcommittee on Women and Girls of Color, the Women’s Health Caucus, and the Pennsylvania Women’s Commission.

This day is designed to promote and focus on action, community building, and policy development. A noon policy hearing, Pennsylvania’s Vision for Black Maternal Health: From Reality Into Policy, will allow participants to hear testimony regarding the dire need for change throughout the commonwealth and across the country. In Pennsylvania, Black women are dying three times more than their counterparts when giving birth. Education, socioeconomics, and professional status are not adequate indicators of safe and healthy deliveries.

“We can’t and will not ignore this issue,” Curry said. “We have to do better by the mothers, families, and communities in this commonwealth, by continuing to work to bring action and viable solutions that plague the Black community and maternal health. I am determined to work with my colleagues and stakeholders to deliver solution driven legislation and funding to help reverse the terrifying statistics that are on the rise.”

The schedule for the day is as follows:

  • 8:30 a.m. – Resource tables will be made available in the Main Rotunda of the Capitol.
  • 9:30 a.m. – A press conference will be held in the Main Rotunda.
  • Noon – A policy hearing will be held in room G-50 off the K. Leroy Irvis Office Building.