The Black community experiences pregnancy-related complications and deaths at higher rates than other ethnic groups. In Los Angeles County, a collaborative initiative founded in 2019 works to reduce the number of Black infant deaths while improving patient experiences and safety for Black birthing people. It’s called Cherished Futures for Black Moms & Babies.
On March 18, Communities Lifting Communities, the Public Health Alliance of Southern California, and the Hospital Association of Southern California (HASC) announced that a group of six hospitals will join Cherished Futures’ second cohort. Read more about Cherished Futures’ latest effort on the HASC website.
Our Health California, a grassroots community that champions equitable access to high-quality, affordable health and behavioral health care, published a three-part series on Cherished Futures in 2021. The series details the origin and future of the collaboration between hospitals, community-based organizations, public health agencies, and health care workers that aims to improve the way Black infants and birthing people receive hospital care and support.