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Saturday, May 16, 2015

Episode 186: Thinking Globally, Acting Locally (Epilogue)

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A recent report from Save the Children called The State of the World’s Mothers 2015 which ranks the United States at No. 33 of 179 surveyed countries, down two spots from last year, and says it is the worst country among developed nations. According to the report, a woman in the United States faces a one in 1,800 risk of maternal death and is more than 10 times as likely to die from a cause related to pregnancy than a woman in Belarus, Poland and Austria. 

In light of this study, Dana and Ryan welcomed Dr. Washington Hill to the show. Prior to his work in Rwanda teaching obstetric and nursing students, Dr. Hill served as President and Chief of the Medical Staff at Sarasota Memorial Hospital, as well as Chairman of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Medical Director of Labor and Delivery. He was also an active member of the Healthy Start Coalition Volunteer Executive Board, championing the important role that Healthy Start plays in providing a strong continuum of care for pregnant women, babies, and families in Sarasota County. Dr. Hill spoke to us about his work in Rwanda and offered some insight into global and local solutions in maternal and infant health. 

Next up, we spoke to Healthy Start Coalition of Sarasota County Executive Director Shon Ewens and Marketing and Grants Coordinator Ciera Coleman about the second annual Giving Sarasota a Healthy Start luncheon. This year’s theme was “Thinking Globally, Acting Locally”. Dr. Hill was the keynote speaker of the event. 

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