It Takes a Village: Improving Black Infant and Maternal Health

Friday, October 21st, 2022
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM

Add to Calendar: Add to Calendar 2022-09-30 15:15:47 2022-09-30 15:15:47 It Takes a Village: Improving Black Infant and Maternal Health Event Description The Center on Trauma and Adversity is a community partner with the City Club for this forum, as it aligns with their research and studies. Cleveland's infant mortality rate is one of the worst in the nation, and according to the Cuyahoga County Board of Health, Black babies in Cuyahoga County are almost three times more likely to die before their first birthday than white babies. Despite some improvements in infant mortality generally, the infant mortality rate among Black babies has not significantly changed over the past decade. Maternal mortality has also increased during the pandemic - another statistic disproportionately impacting women of color in a city recently ranked the worst for Black women. Birthing Beautiful Communities aims to improve these statistics. They tackle the social determinants of health and real-life circumstances that make mothers and their babies vulnerable to infant and maternal mortality. Since 2014, Birthing Beautiful Communities has served the community by providing childbirth/parenting education workshops, breastfeeding support, nutritional guidance, doula training, medical advocacy, and more. In 2021, alumna Jazmin Long was announced as the President and CEO of Birthing Beautiful Communities, after serving as the Vice President of Fund Development. As part of our Local Heroes series, join the City Club as we hear from Long on the challenges and opportunities in this work during Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month. Lunch is at 11:30 a.m.; the forum and livestream begin at 12:00 p.m. Have questions? Tweet them at @TheCityClub or send a text to 330.541.5794. View more information on City Club's health and safety protocols. Email info@cityclub.org with any questions. The City Club of Cleveland 850 Euclid Avenue Cleveland, OH 44114 Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences America/New_York public

Event Format: In Person

Event Description

The Center on Trauma and Adversity is a community partner with the City Club for this forum, as it aligns with their research and studies.

Cleveland's infant mortality rate is one of the worst in the nation, and according to the Cuyahoga County Board of Health, Black babies in Cuyahoga County are almost three times more likely to die before their first birthday than white babies. Despite some improvements in infant mortality generally, the infant mortality rate among Black babies has not significantly changed over the past decade. Maternal mortality has also increased during the pandemic - another statistic disproportionately impacting women of color in a city recently ranked the worst for Black women.

Birthing Beautiful Communities aims to improve these statistics. They tackle the social determinants of health and real-life circumstances that make mothers and their babies vulnerable to infant and maternal mortality. Since 2014, Birthing Beautiful Communities has served the community by providing childbirth/parenting education workshops, breastfeeding support, nutritional guidance, doula training, medical advocacy, and more.

In 2021, alumna Jazmin Long was announced as the President and CEO of Birthing Beautiful Communities, after serving as the Vice President of Fund Development.

As part of our Local Heroes series, join the City Club as we hear from Long on the challenges and opportunities in this work during Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month.


Lunch is at 11:30 a.m.; the forum and livestream begin at 12:00 p.m.

Have questions? Tweet them at @TheCityClub or send a text to 330.541.5794.

View more information on City Club's health and safety protocols. Email info@cityclub.org with any questions.

Event Location

The City Club of Cleveland

850 Euclid Avenue

Cleveland, OH 44114

Jazmin Long Headshot