The March of Dimes Prematurity Collaborative aims to achieve equity and demonstrated improvements in preterm birth. Premature birth (before 37 weeks of pregnancy) and its complications are the leading contributors to infant death and disability in the United States.
The Prematurity Collaborative has 340 member organizations and over 600 individual members all working together to achieve equity and demonstrated improvements in preterm birth prevention. A strategic map identifies the critical strategies that guide Collaborative Work Group activities. March of Dimes provides backbone support.
Collobarative Steering Committee Members
View the 2018 meeting schedule and the 2019 meeting schedule for the full Collaborative, steering committee and workgroups. To receive meeting notices and become a participant in a Workgroup and/or the full Collaborative, or to receive the Collaborative newsletter, complete this sign-up form or email us at email@example.com. Collaborative newsletters are available here.
Collaborative Work Group Resources and Accomplishments
Clinical and Public Health Practice Workgroup
Communications Work Group
- The March of Dimes has been working on evidence-based equity messaging with the Frameworks Institute®-a group of social scientists who develop evidence-based ways of framing issues for the public. View Dr. Julie Sweetland, VP for Strategy and Innovation at the FrameWorks Institute®, discuss how to talk about health equity for moms and babies on this recording and use the slide deck and this two-page document for additional information.
- Upcoming meetings
Health Equity Workgroup
- 2018/2019 Work Plan
- Health equity issue briefs, key articles and statements, including the Prematurity Collaborative’s Guiding Principles to Achieving Equity in Preterm Birth
- Health equity toolkits and resource guides
- Health disparities data
- Health equity videos and webinars
- Health equity initiatives and other resources
- Upcoming meetings
Policy Work Group
Prematurity Prevention Summit: Building a Birth Equity Movement
Thought leaders convened on May 21-22, 2018 in Arlington, VA to advance policy and practice, to mobilize community leadership, to share and spread emerging ideas and promising practices, and to energize stakeholders to achieve equity and reduce preterm birth. View agenda, session objectives and speaker bios and the Summit synopsis. Concurrent session presentations available here:
- Communities, Clinicians, and Collective Action: Opportunities to Reduce Preterm Birth and Maternal Mortality
- How Genetic and Social Influences Drive Poor Birth Outcomes and Disparities: Current Debates
- Spotlight on Promising Practices: Affecting Change in the Social Determinants of Health to Drive Improvements in Birth Outcomes
- Pre and Interconception Health, Intentionality and Birth Spacing: Emerging Issues
- Meeting Women where they Live, Work and Play: Clinical and Public Health Best Practices in Community Settings
- Improving Social Determinants of Health with Public Policy: An Interdisciplinary Approach
Recordings of the Plenary Sessions can be found here:
- A Fireside Chat with Dr. Jerome Adams, VADM, MD, MPH, Surgeon General, United States Department of Health and Human Services and Stacey D. Stewart, President, March of Dimes
- FrameWorks Institute Lunch Plenary with Dr. Julie Sweetland PhD, MA, Vice President for Strategy and Innovation, FrameWorks Institute
- PolicyLink Breakfast Plenary with Michael McAfee, EdD, EMPA, President, PolicyLink
- Closing Lunch Plenary with Dr. Kimberlydawn Wisdom, MD, MS, Senior Vice President of Community Health & Equity Chief Wellness & Diversity Officer, Henry Ford Health System.