Institute for Equity in Birth Outcomes
January 29, 2013
CityMatCH, the National Organization of Urban MCH Leaders, is pleased to introduce the Institute for Equity in Birth Outcomes, a high-visibility, national movement of urban communities bringing a scientific focus to increasing equity in birth outcomes. The Institute will be funded by a three-year, $600,000 grant from the W. K. Kellogg Foundation, commencing January 1st, 2013.
Racial inequities in birth outcomes have persisted far too long in this country. These disparities are well known to CityMatCH member health departments across the United States: the black infant mortality and prematurity rates are typically double or triple the rates seen among whites. While many cities have succeeded in improving birth outcomes, few have measurably reduced these disparities.
The Institute for Equity in Birth Outcomes is a national initiative that brings a scientific focus to the persistent gap in birth outcomes. Institute teams will be based in local urban health departments, drawing in additional leadership and partners from other sectors. Training and technical assistance will assure that projects are selected and evaluated with the dual purposes of improving selected birth outcomes in a particular vulnerable population, and improving the evidence base needed to eliminate the gap. Broad dissemination will be accomplished through the CityMatCH infrastructure and via periodic Summits which will showcase results and advances both within and beyond the Institute.
By January 31st, CityMatCH will issue a request for proposals to our member health departments. Requirements for applicants will include:
Successful applicants will be able to identify and develop opportunities for collaboration with established community groups to support their project’s planning and implementation activities, as well as work with their target community to implement evidence-based programs that will address inequities in birth outcomes. Applicants should have a history of working with, and have an understanding of, maternal and child health outcomes in diverse communities. CityMatCH will provide leadership and support to allow stakeholders to develop the confidence and skills necessary to lead their own groups, and motivate them to sustain their work beyond the funding period so they may serve as mentors to other communities.