In the United States, African-American women and their babies face significantly higher rates of serious health complications, including maternal and infant death, low birth-weight, and preterm birth, than other communities. The National Institute’s partners have worked to address maternal and infant health among African-American mothers and babies through local implementation of culturally specific, evidence-based policies.
In Georgia, we supported the Feminist Women’s Health Center
to introduce a statewide resolution in support of Georgia’s Thriving Families, advocating for access to the full range of reproductive health services, including pre- and postnatal care.
We partnered with the Urban League of Portland
to conduct advocacy highlighting research, model programs, and policy recommendations to improve maternal and infant health outcomes in Portland’s African-American community. This work furthered relationships with local elected officials and policymakers and established the Urban League as a leader in the state discourse on reproductive justice.