A panel of health care specialists will discuss a range of issues including disparities in maternal and infant mortality rates, postpartum depression, and decreasing coverage for lactation services and contraception.

A town hall event will be held on Oct. 23 to highlight growing disparities in maternal and women’s health care. A panel of health care specialists will discuss a range of issues, including disparities in maternal and infant mortality rates, postpartum depression, and decreasing coverage for lactation services and contraception.

Coverage for services related to maternal and newborn care are inconsistent across health care providers, resulting in poorer results for women and families. Health care experts will discuss how the New York Health Act, a single-payer health care bill being considered by the New York legislature, can remove barriers to care and ensure more uniform coverage for patients.

The town hall begins at 6:15 p.m and takes place at the First Universalist Church, 150 S. Clinton Ave., Rochester.

Sponsors will be Rochester Campaign for New York Health: The Institute for Family-Centered Childbirth; and Rochester Area Birth Network, with an array of expert panelists in family and women’s medicine and health care.