Health equity workgroup

The Health equity workgroup is one of the six Prematurity Collaborative workgroups guided by the Collaborative strategic map.

This workgroup works toward achievement of demonstrated improvements in preterm birth and health equity by aligning multi-level support to achieve health equity, which is the central challenge in the strategic map.

Workgroup focus

The workgroup focus is guided by strategic map priorities, including:

  • Foster and support population-based solutions
  • Foster and support community/place based leadership and engagement
  • Align federal, tribal, state, local and community policy initiatives
  • Partner across sectors to impact the root causes of inequity

View the Health equity workgroup charge and the list of participants at the health equity workgroup meeting that took place on February 9 and 10. 

The Health equity workgroup co-chairs are:

  • Fleda Mask Jackson, PhD
    Founder, Save 100 Babies
    President and CEO, Majaica, LLC
    University Affiliate, Columbia University
  • Arthur R. James, MD, FACOG
    Interim Executive Director,
    Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity
    Associate Clinical Professor, Dept OB/GYN,
    Wexner Medical Center
    The Ohio State University
  • Diana Ramos, MD, MPH, FACOG
    Public Health Medical Officer,
    Maternal, Child and Adolescent Health Division,
    California Department of Public Health
    Associate Clinical Professor in
    Obstetrics and Gynecology,
    Keck University of Southern California School of Medicine

Workgroup Accomplishments

Workgroup Work Plan

2019 meeting Schedule

Meeting Materials

July 2019 Forum - Please contact us [email protected] for more information.

May 2019 meeting

March 2019 Meeting

January 30 2019 Meeting

November 2018 Meeting

September 2018 Meeting

July 2018 Meeting

May 2018 Meeting

March 2018 Meeting

January 2018 Meeting

Sub-Workgroup Meetings

The Health Equity and the Clinical and Public Health Practice Workgroups are joining efforts to develop a social determinants of health screening tool resource guide. If you would like to join the SDOH sub-workgroup, please email the [email protected] to have your name added to the volunteer list. 

June 26, 2019 SDOH Meeting

April 24 2019 SDOH Meeting

March 7 2019 SDOH Meeting

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Health equity issue briefs, key articles and statements

The Health Equity Workgroup has developed the Guiding Principles to Achieving Equity in Preterm Birth to give participants in the March of Dimes Prematurity Collaborative a common understanding of the principles and terms used in conversations about equity and health equity.

Workgroup participants have suggested the following resources to assist organizations and communities in addressing equity and preterm birth. This list will be added to over time.

Health equity toolkits and resource guides

Workgroup participants have suggested the following toolkits and resource guides to assist organizations and communities in addressing equity and preterm birth. This list will be added to over time.

  • The W.K. Kellogg Foundation's  Racial Equity Resource Guide provides practical resources via an interactive tool, including articles, organizations, research, books, media strategies and training curricula to help organizations and individuals achieve racial healing and equity in their communities. 
  • The website Racial Equity Tools offers tools, research, tips, curricula and ideas for people who want to increase their own understanding and to help those working toward justice at every level - in systems, organizations, communities and the culture at large.
  • The Association for State and Territorial Health Officials provides tools and guidance for state health agencies to achieve the Triple Aim of Health Equity: (1) Implement health in all policies, (2) strengthen community capacity, and (3) expand understanding of health. 
  • The Campaign for Action website describes seven major, interrelated issues that together contribute to a healthier America through nursing. They are: improving access to care, fostering interprofessional collaboration, promoting nursing leadership, transforming nursing education, increasing diversity in nursing, collecting workforce data, and building healthier communities.
  • The Collective Impact Forum's Community Engagement Toolkit includes a series of tools for planning community engagement to be more purposeful, equitable, transparent, and strategic.
  • A Practitioner's Guide for Advancing Health Equity, developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Division of Community Health is intended to assist practitioners in addressing the well-documented disparities in chronic disease health outcomes. It provides a collection of health equity considerations for several policy, systems, and environmental improvement strategies focused on tobacco-free living, healthy food and beverages, and active living. Additionally, the Health Equity Guide will assist practitioners with integrating the concept of health equity into local practices such as building organizational capacity, engaging the community, developing partnerships, identifying health inequities, and conducting evaluations. 
  • Health Equity Leadership and Exchange Network (HELEN) seeks to identify, analyze and track all laws, policies and programs that impact health equity. 

Health disparities data

Workgroup participants have suggested the following data-related resources to assist organizations and communities in addressing equity and preterm birth. This list will be added to over time.

  • Peristats, developed by the March of Dimes Perinatal Data Center, provides access to maternal and infant health data for the United States, regions, states, counties and large cities, including more than 60,000 presentation-ready graphs, maps, and tables.  Data come from more than 10 data sources, including vital statistics, Census, BRFSS, PRAMS, among others and many indicators are available by maternal age, race, and race/ethnicity, income, and Medicaid status.  Prematurity Profiles and Premature Birth Report Cards are also available for each state.
  • is an online tool from the Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University. It can be used to explore measures of child wellbeing and policy analysis, and documents diversity, opportunity, and equity among US children.
  • LGBTstats, from the Williams Institute, UCLA School of Law, is a source for LGBTQ terminology and resources. It includes facts and figures about the LGBT community from Williams Institute policy analysts and social scientists.

Health equity videos and webinars

Workgroup participants have suggested the following videos and recorded webinars to assist organizations and communities in addressing equity and preterm birth. This list will be added to over time.

Health equity initiatives and other resources

Workgroup participants have suggested the following examples of initiatives and other resources to assist organizations and communities in addressing equity and preterm birth. This list will be added to over time.