July 19, 2024

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Brooklyn’s new maternal health plan and its history-making $45M impact

Brooklyn’s new maternal health plan and its history-making M impact

Brooklyn Borough President Antonio Reynoso previous 7 days launched a extensive, $250,000 maternal wellbeing marketing campaign in English, Spanish, and Haitian Creole — with print and on the web methods, bus and subway ads, and social media outreach concentrating on at-possibility Black, Brown, Caribbean, and Latino moms.

But Reynoso is substantially boosting the new well being method by incorporating his whole $45 million fiscal yr 2023 money funds and earning a bold, historic try to strengthen the odds for Brooklyn’s Black and Brown mothers who are much too typically in existence-or-death circumstances.

This is the to start with time in metropolis background that a borough president has put in an complete fiscal year’s money on a one entity.

Reynoso’s $45 million outlay will help three metropolis Well being and Hospitals Corp. services, in conjunction with his maternal wellbeing initiative — renovating Kings County Clinic Center’s newborn intensive care unit, overhauling the labor and delivery rooms, post-partum recovery rooms at Coney Island Healthcare facility, setting up a condition-of-the-art birthing middle at Woodhull Healthcare facility, and among the other specific maternal overall health care advancements.

The Black, Brown, Caribbean, and Latino communities “where the highest fees of maternal mortality and morbidity have been reported” — which include Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brownsville, Bushwick, Canarsie, Crown Heights, East Flatbush, East New York, Flatbush, and Williamsburg — are the goal regions for the health initiative,” says Reynoso, explaining that Black Brooklyn females are 9.4 times far more possible to die of pregnancy-linked troubles than their White counterparts – and Caribbean girls [Haitian women in particular] experience the greatest challenges.

“I’m hoping that in four many years, Brooklyn is the safest location to have a baby, which is likely to be tough to do, but that’s my aim,” stated Reynoso, during a sit-down at the September Cafe in Bedford-Stuyvesant, just prior to final Wednesday’s announcement.

The decision to bolster the maternal initiative was made in July. The borough president launched a Maternal Wellbeing Taskforce of veteran overall health and policy experts in April, to create and execute the challenge. Amongst its associates are Jamaica-born former Metropolis Councilmember Una Clarke, and Cheryl Hall, govt director of the 40-year-old Caribbean Women’s Wellbeing Affiliation.

In addition to bodily enhancements at hospitals, the mindsets of mothers, healthcare pros, and other folks must be changed to accomplish development on maternal well being, agreed Reynoso and taskforce co-chair Dr. Wendy Wilcox, main women’s overall health Services officer for the HHC.

Come across the on-line maternal overall health useful resource tutorial at brooklyn-usa.org/healthypregnancy.


There is nevertheless time to see “Sources of Light-weight,” an exhibition of 30 painted portraits by Jamaica-born artist Donovan Nelson, in Manhattan at the Wilmer Jennings Gallery at Kenkelba, at 219 E. 2nd St. [at Ave. B]. The show closes on Dec. 31.

Terrific Black artists Benny Andrews, Sam Gilliam, Norman Lewis, and Frank Wimberley are amid the topic of the artworks, as well as portraits of artwork pupils who Nelson has taught.

Gallery several hours are Wednesday by means of Saturday, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Simply call (212) 674-3939 for details.


Certainly, talent and dance operates in the family of Trinidad and Tobago-born Chelsea Andell, who is generating her mark as a expert dancer, actress, educator — and rapper too.

The multi-gifted 21-yr-aged New York-based performer, who goes by her phase identify “Sauce the Rapper,” has now racked up honors and achievements in dance and acting. And she lately releasing a remix tune entitled “Let Your Light Shine” this thirty day period.

Andell not too long ago expanded her dance instruction repertoire by holding her to start with hip-hop class in Oct at the Ripley Frier Studios in Manhattan. Her mom is Candice Clarke, who launched the Trinidad and Tobago-based Candice Clarke Academy of Dance in 1979. Andell serves as co-director of her mother’s Academy of Dance.

Above the yrs, Andell has achieved various dance associated honors, and has been drawn to the acting occupation, and the New York Film Academy graduate has had various movie roles.

For additional on Chelsea Andell, stop by linktr.ee/chelseaandell.