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SUNY Downstate: Faculty Invited to Advise Senators on Maternal Health Crisis in Brooklyn

On Friday, January 10, 2020, SUNY Downstate representatives attended a legislative briefing at Brooklyn Borough Hall on New York City’s maternal health crisis.

Dr. Aimee Afable, an associate professor in the Department of Community Health Sciences at the SUNY Downstate School of Public Health and community partner Brooklyn Perinatal Network presented a solution to the local maternal health crisis: an evidence-based model called the Pathways HUB model which has been implemented in other states.

The model is a transformative yet a common-sense solution that relies on the intelligence of CBOs who have deep roots in the community. The Pathways HUB model provides the infrastructure and the organizing principals to empower CBO-based HUB to leverage a network of CBOs and optimize social service and health care delivery coordination. It will mobilize a cadre of community health workers and doulas who provide continuous and real-time support to pregnant women. Payment arrangements are based on the completion of “Pathways” that connect pregnant women to social resources and healthcare. It is a sustainable model that finally gives autonomy and greater accountability to CBOs, institutions that have historically served and cared for pregnant women in their communities.

The event was co-sponsored by New York State Senators Zellnor Myrie, Gustavo Rivera, Velmanette Montgomery, and Julia Salazar, and welcome remarks were made by Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams. Also present at the event was Dr. Kitaw Demissie, dean of the School of Public Health at SUNY Downstate.

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