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FYC Action Teams

Priority Area: Reducing Racial Disparities

(Learn more about what we're doing in this priority area)

GOAL: Reduce Cuyahoga County's 2017 infant death disparity rate of 7.2 by 50 percent by the end of 2020 and to zero by 2025.

Action Team 1: Address structural racism through workplace bias training.

GOAL: Launch and execute an awareness and employee training campaign to address bias in the health care workplace that may negatively affect maternal and child health outcomes. 

Progress to date: The Action Team is in the process of collecting voices from African American, Latina and Caucasian women to better understand inequities in care among African American, Latina and white women navigating the health care system. This will support the development and implementation of bias training at all of Cleveland’s premier institutions currently delivering care to pregnant women. Now with additional funding the development of a virtual reality workplace bias campaign will target hospital leaders, physicians, clinicians providers focused on the centering health model and key support staff. 

Margaret Larkins-Pettigrew, MD, MEd, MPPM, University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center
Dr. Marilyn Mobley, Case Western Reserve University

Action Team 2: Pregnancy and Infant Loss (PAIL) Initiative.

GOAL: Gain insight from African American families that have experienced a loss and develop programming and policy solutions to address issue areas.

Progress to date: Currently, eight-week grief healing circles are being held at the YWCA of Greater Cleveland for African American women and men who have experienced miscarriage, stillbirth and the death of an infant. The PAIL Initiative continues to educate, empower, advocate, provide resources and collect voices of those who have experienced loss.  

Tracy Carter, The MetroHealth System
Sabrina Roberts, Cuyahoga County Health & Human Services 

Action Team 3: Conduct research on race, stress and maternal health.

GOAL: Lead research efforts to better understand the roles race and maternal stress play in infant deaths. 

Progress to date: FYC Action Team 3 has led a significant body of work over the last 18 months to help us all understant the role of high cortisol levels in black women who face racism daily as they navigate in and out of systems.

Christin Farmer, Birthing Beautiful Communities
Angela Neal Barnett, Kent State University

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