Los Angeles Collaborative on Racial Disparities in Birth Outcomes 2015 Media Alert

Collaborative to discuss race, institutionalized racism and overcoming childhood trauma and create action plan in order to reduce the heartbreaking statistics

Los Angeles, CA | Tuesday, November 17, 2015

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LOS ANGELES HEALTH COLLABORATIVE COMES TOGETHER ON WORLD PREMATURITY DAY TO ADDRESS THE HEART-WRENCHING PRETERM BIRTH RATES AMONG

AFRICAN AMERICANS: RATES ARE 47% HIGHER THAN WHITES

Collaborative to discuss race, institutionalized racism and overcoming childhood trauma and create action plan in order to reduce the heartbreaking statistics

Each year in Los Angeles County more than 125,000 babies are born -- the highest number of births in the State of California.  Recent statistics show that 8.7% of the babies born in Los Angeles County are born preterm, higher than the state average of 8.3%.  Premature birth is the number one killer of newborns in the United States.

The preterm birth rate in the African American community is staggering. In Los Angeles County, the African American community has the highest preterm birth rate at 12.1 percent. African Americans also experience the highest infant mortality rate – three times higher than the lowest rate in the white community.

The Los Angeles County Action Learning Collaborative will come together on World Prematurity Day to tackle the impact of racism in the African-American community with a focus on reducing and eliminating racial health disparities in infant mortality and birth outcomes. This collaborative conference of community stakeholders will address the real hard issues: race, institutionalized racism, and overcoming childhood trauma.

The conference, “Reducing Disparities in Birth Outcomes and Infant Mortality: Strategies for Sustainable Intervention” taking place in Downtown Los Angeles, is sponsored by March of Dimes and LA County Department of Public Health. The mission of March of Dimes is to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality.

The LA County health community will learn more about current data on this entrenched problem, training on racism (institutionalized racism), stress, and the social determinants of health. The second part of the day the community will identify local issues and will create an action plan.

This community collaborative is comprised of these health care partners: LAC Dept. of Public Health, CA Dept. of Public Health, South LA Health Projects, Shields for Families, March of Dimes, LA Best Babies Network, University of Southern California, Healthy African American Families, CityMatch, Association of Maternal & Child Health, and National Healthy Start Association. For more information about the collaborative http://publichealth.lacounty.gov/mch/LACALC/LACALC_index.htm

What:   Los Angeles County Action Learning Collaborative present “Reducing Disparities in Birth Outcomes and Infant Mortality: Strategies for Sustainable Interventions.” World Prematurity Day, Nov 17.Sponsored by March of Dimes and LA County Department of Public Health

When: Tuesday, November 17 World Prematurity Day, 8:00 am – 4:30 pm program

 

Agenda: http://publichealth.lacounty.gov/mch/LACALC/ALC%20files/Disparities%20Save%20the%20Date%20v3.pdf

Where: The California Endowment Center for Healthy Communities, Yosemite, 1000 N. Alameda St., Los Angeles, CA 90012

 

Who: Fernanda Crivici, MPH, Associate Director of Program Services, March of Dimes, Team Lead on two of March of Dimes, California key strategic mission priorities: Latino initiatives and Health Inequities. Able to speak to current statistics in LA County and California. Able to give interviews in Spanish and English

Victoria Lombardo, MSN, RN, Associate State Director of Program Services, March of Dimes able to speak to current stats in LA County and California, mission investments including program services and advocacy initiatives.

 

Flojaune Griffin, PhD, MPH is Preconception Health Director at UCSF Coordinate data analyses, programmatic efforts, and policies statewide in California to promote the health of women of reproductive age

About March of Dimes

March of Dimes leads the fight for the health of all moms and babies. We support research, lead programs and provide education and advocacy so that every baby can have the best possible start. Building on a successful 80-year legacy of impact and innovation, we empower every mom and every family.

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