National Birth Equity Collaborative

Signatory: Dr. Joia Crear-Perry, President

Joined: March 2016

Contact:  Carmen Green, National Training Director

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Overview

The work of the National Birth Equity Collaborative includes The Campaign for Black Babies, Nurturing and Educating Sisters Together (N.E.S.T.) and Safe Landing. The Campaign for Black Babies goal is to reduce Black infant mortality rates by 25% and 50% in specific cities within 5 and 10 years, respectively.

Research and Programmatic Progress:

Completed research activities for “State of Black Babies Report”

Conducted community-based, qualitative data collection (7 pilot cities) to highlight the voice of the Black mother and family

United Nations presentation on Maternal Mortality in the United States

National presentations to an array of audiences:

Reframing “birth equity” from clinical risk factors to social system-based risk factors

System-level Approaches to Reducing Infant Mortality

Addressing Social Determinants of Health Inequities

Improving Policies and Services for Birth Equity

Assisted in Safe Sleep messaging campaigns (NYC & Cleveland)

Housing Best Babies Zone and Baby Café’ programs in New Orleans

Convening civil rights advocates, state and local health entities, health equity and infant mortality champions to discuss policies to reduce Black infant mortality

Upcoming Events:

Publishing of “State of Black Babies” report

Report rollout event and press conference at annual Healthy Start Conference in April 2017

We are currently engaged in seven cities around the United States, interviewing women who have lost an infant in the past two years. In order for us to collaborate with hospital systems, state governments, federal government, we need time. We are here to do that. This improvement cannot come from the existing structure, where inequality is built in at every level. Our standpoint is that when you value women, you have healthy pregnancies and healthy children. All the countries that value women have great birth outcomes. What we have to do in this country is change how we value women. We have to change the culture around support, practice and the importance of bringing another life into the world.”

Dr. Joia Crear-Perry, President of National Birth Equity Collaborative