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Confronting the effects of racism and moving toward justice

Posted October 13, 2019 in Articles

We were in a grocery store in Lakewood, or maybe it was the corner convenience store – it was so long ago, I’m not entirely sure -- when a black man walked in. In Lakewood in... read more

“Toxic: A Black Woman's Story" to explore the harmful effects of racism on pregnant African-American

Posted September 19, 2019 in Press Releases

National Geographic Executive Debra Adams Simmonsto participate with the premiere of“Toxic: A Black Woman’s Story,” a film exploring the harmful effects of racism on pregnant African-American women Cleveland, OH – First Year Cleveland’s Pregnancy and Infant... read more

First Year Cleveland puts infant-mortality message in Popeyes customers’ bags

Posted September 06, 2019 in Articles

CLEVELAND, Ohio – Local Popeyes restaurants are serving a side of education along with their fried chicken in Cuyahoga and Summit counties. Fifteen of the area fast-food restaurants are distributing postcards, containing information on how to... read more

Local black babies are 4x as likely to die before age one. This Clevelander is saying, “No more."

Posted July 10, 2019 in Articles

In Cuyahoga County, the infant mortality rate for African-American babies is 15.1 per every 1,000 live births—compared to 3.8 for white babies—as of 2018. In other words, Cleveland's black babies are approximately four times more... read more

Early preterm births cause troubling rise in infant mortality: Progress report

Posted April 10, 2019 in Articles

CLEVELAND, Ohio — In the first three months of this year, Cuyahoga County’s infant mortality rate showed a troubling and dramatic rise, driven largely by a jump in the number of extremely preterm infants born... read more

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