Delegate Dr. Bhandari Honors Community Heroes Advocating for Maternal Mental Health


TOWSON, MD – June 4, 2024 – Delegate Dr. Harry Bhandari proudly honored outstanding individuals and organizations at a concert for The Andrea’s Wish Foundation. Held at the Recher Theatre, this event was dedicated to raising awareness and support for maternal mental health, coinciding with the beginning of World Maternal Mental Health Week.

Honorees Included:
Kyra Vocci: Recognized for her dedication to maternal health care and the establishment of The Andrea’s Wish Foundation, which raises awareness about the critical issues surrounding maternal mental health. Kyra’s commitment is deeply personal, inspired by her sister Andrea Kolbe’s battle with postpartum depression. She was crucial in advocating for a recently passed General Assembly bill co-sponsored by Delegate Bhandari. This bill establishes requirements for local health departments and healthcare providers regarding maternal health, including prenatal risk assessments and postpartum referral forms. It mandates participation in the Severe Maternal Morbidity Surveillance Program.

Madame Ping Wu: Honored for her tremendous contributions as a visionary entrepreneur, advocating for women’s health and promoting economic and creative opportunities for young artists. Madame Wu operates successful businesses, including the Orient Express in Charles Village, The Red Pepper Sichuan Bistro in Towson, and the Tea Horse Sichuan Bistro in Ellicott City. She supports community health and arts initiatives and provides over jobs to the Central Maryland economy.

Coffee Talk Cafe: This establishment is acknowledged for its dedication to fostering community spirit and creating a welcoming space within the community. The cafe has become a beloved local spot known for its inclusive  atmosphere.

Event Highlights:The concert featured performances by Maryland jazz vocalists Mia Ye, Muse, and Sarah Polinski, making it an evening filled with inspiring music and heartfelt recognition. Each artist brought their unique style and talent to the stage, contributing to the event’s atmosphere of hope and celebration.

For more information and to watch the highlights of this inspiring evening, please visit the links below:
– [Watch the Video]
– [View the Pictures]

Office of Delegate Dr. Harry Bhandari
Phone: 410-841-3526



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