AMCHP Partners with CityMatCH and NHSA

AMCHP Partners with CityMatCH and NHSA to Eliminate Disparities in Infant Mortality

While it is well known that racial inequities in infant mortality exist, the question of how to effectively address these inequalities remains. The Association of Maternal & Child Health Programs (AMCHP), CityMatCH, and the National Healthy Start Association (NHSA) acknowledge that no one organization can accomplish measurable success alone. With funding from The W.K. Kellogg Foundation, AMCHP, CityMatCH, and NHSA have created the Partnership to Eliminate Disparities in Infant Mortality. This project will focus on addressing racial inequities in infant mortality through coordinated systems-building in communities that have a disproportionate burden of infant mortality. The project emphasis is on innovative approaches to reducing infant mortality, particularly in urban communities. A major component of this work will be the establishment of a multi-city Action Learning Collaborative (ALC) in October 2008. The mission of the ALC is to increase capacity at community, state and local levels to address the impact of racism on birth outcomes and infant health. The ALC will bring together multi-disciplinary state/local teams to strengthen partnerships, build community participation, and develop innovative strategies for addressing racial inequities in infant mortality in the United States. 

An Advisory Group composed of local and state maternal and child health governmental and community agencies, as well as experts in disparities, infant mortality, and racism, will provide content expertise; serve as “faculty” throughout the life of the ALC project; and help frame and guide the evaluation. The first Advisory Group committee meeting was held in August in Raleigh, North Carolina on August 6-8, 2008. AMCHP members Alethia Carr (MI) and Belinda Pettiford (NC) are serving on this Advisory Group.

The duration of the ALC is from October 2008- March 2010. Teams participating in the ALC will be announced on October 3, 2008, and the first onsite meeting will be held on November 20-21, 2008. For additional information on the Partnership to Eliminate Disparities in Infant Mortality, please contact Jessica Hawkins at jhawkins@amchp.org.