New Jersey First Lady Tammy Murphy Speaks Out on High Mortality Rates Among Black Women and Babies in Visits to Churches

High rates of infant mortality and maternal deaths from prenatal complications, particularly for black children and mothers, were among the reasons the governor’s administration made improving healthcare access and outcomes for residents a focus of the Atlantic City transition.

New Jersey first lady Tammy Murphy, while visiting three church congregations in Atlantic City and Pleasantville on Sunday morning, called the state’s mortality statistics for African American women and babies “dire,” and implored the community to help spread awareness about available help.

Murphy announced that Atlantic City will host Nurture NJ’s free Family Festival in September where parents and guardians can receive information on prenatal care and doulas, blood pressure and sugar screenings, eye exams, pediatric services, mental health and addiction services, food and housing assistance programs, energy assistance programs and child care centers from state, county and local providers.