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BHB Equity Coalition Joins National Leadership in Addressing Inequalities

Members  of the B'more for Healthy Babies' Equity Coalition joined national leaders in New Orleans January 15-17 to develop strategies for reducing health disparities in maternal and infant health. The BHB Coalition is one of four teams selected from a national pool to participate in the CityMatCH Institute for Equity in Birth Outcomes. 

Coalition leaders Rebecca Dineen, Cathy Costa, Lori Cunningham, Meldon Dickens, and Dearea Matthews attended the Institute, where they worked with teams from California, Ohio and Florida on strategies for achieving equity for marginalized mothers, babies and families. 

Dr. AdewaleTroutman was the keynote speaker at the Institute. Among many other accomplishments, Dr. Troutman founded the first Center for Health Equity in the United States, sits on the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary’s Advisory Committee on Infant Mortality, and was featured in the nationally televised PBS series "Unnatural Causes: Is Inequality Making Us Sick?"

B'more for Healthy Babies' Equity Coalition is working to make sure all women in Baltimore have equal access to effective contraception, to provide culturally responsive interconception care, and to outreach the African American faith-based community around infant mortality. 

 

Pastor Meldon Dickens (left), Cathy Costa (center) of the BHB Equity Institute with Dr. Adeqale Troutman (right)

 

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