Ms. Bakulski discussed the Maternal Mortality
Review Committee established during the 2019 legislative session. She
spoke about recommendations from the Child Fatality Prevention System,
which include the need to strengthen maternal mental health programs; focus
on access to quality, affordable, safe housing and child care for families;
increase home visiting program enrollment; implement graduated driver's
license requirements; strenghten primary seat belt laws; spearhead additional
firearm death prevention research; and implement delayed school start times.
She discussed the Child Abuse Response and Evaluation Network (CARENetwork)
established by House Bill 19-1133 and stated that it is essential to focus
on the following areas to prevent child abuse and neglect: food security
and access, help-seeking norms, collective prosperity norms, family-friendly
work policies, and paid family leave policies.