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Center for Women’s Health Equity

Center for Women's Health Equity

Committed to Reducing Health Disparities

Welcome to WMCHealth’s Center for Women’s Health Equity. Established in 2023 with the help of a $750,000 grant from New York State, the Center is the first of its kind based in New York State’s Hudson Valley region.

Our aim is to reduce the disparities of health among women in our region. We believe it is possible to reduce the leading causes of death among pregnant women by integrating our Heart and Vascular Institute with specialists in Maternal-Fetal Medicine, whose expertise is in the care of complex medical problems affecting pregnant women. This partnership prioritizes a more proactive and holistic view of elevated risk factors among women, particularly those of color.

Did You Know?

  • In New York State, Black, non-Hispanic women are up to five times more likely to die of pregnancy-related causes than White, non-Hispanic women.
  • Pregnant African American and Latina women are up to four times more likely than their Caucasian counterparts to die of cardiovascular complications such as heart disease, embolism, and hemorrhage during pregnancy.
  • 78 percent of pregnancy-related deaths were preventable, according to the same report by the New York State Department of Health.

Equitable Women’s Health Services

Our prenatal care services efficiently integrate comprehensive pregnancy and childbirth education into routine visits and establish a post-partum program that follows patients for a year with close communication and integration with primary care providers.

Once it is time for baby to arrive, our providers are focused on reducing the cesarean delivery rates and associated complications along with other cardiovascular complications in the in-patient settings. 

We leverage WMCHealth’s extensive behavioral health network to increase and enhance access to mental health and substance use disorder services. The hospitals in Valhalla and Kingston are home to well-established neonatal abstinence support programs for babies born to women suffering from opiate addiction.

We are continuously evaluating needs and resources to improve access to prevention and treatment programs in gynecologic and breast cancer care in the region.

Multilingual social workers who are trained in cultural sensitivities help women navigate care pathways across WMCHealth and engage with community-based partners for enhanced care.

For more information, contact the Center for Women’s Health Equity in Hawthorne or Kingston. View the ‘Our Locations’ tab on this page.

Our Locations

Visit the Center for Women’s Health Equity at one of two convenient locations.

Westchester Medical Center
19 Bradhurst Avenue
Suite 2750S
Hawthorne, NY 10532
Call 914.493.2250

HealthAlliance Hospital
105 Mary's Avenue
Kingston, NY 12401
Call 845.303.1132

Westchester Medical Center Outpatient Clinic
19 Bradhurst Avenue
Suite 700 - Adult Specialty Clinics
Hawthorne, NY 10532
Call 914.493.7667