Healthy, full-term babies born ready to thrive in healthy families – this vision drives our B’more for Healthy Babies (BHB) Initiative.
Led by the Baltimore City Health Department and the Family League of Baltimore City, BHB brings together communities, organizations, and resources so that every baby might have the best start possible.
With each additional year of implementation, the BHB Initiative sees more significant results. In 2012 the infant mortality rate (IMR) dropped to its lowest point ever in Baltimore City: 9.7 deaths per 1,000 live births. This is the third year in a row that the infant mortality rate has dropped. Up until 2009 – the year in which BHB was launched – the City had one of the highest infant mortality rates in the U.S.
Even more encouraging, the racial disparities between African American and white infants decreased by 40% from 2009 to 2012.
We believe that this kind of change can only happen when people work together for a common cause. Whether a mom, family member, doctor, nurse, teacher, social worker, community leader – every baby counts on you.
Click here to view the Strategy to Improve Birth Outcomes in Baltimore City - 2009
Click here for a one-pager describing the BHB coalitions and partners