B'more for Healthy Babies Commitment to Achieving Equity
B’more for Healthy Babies works to ensure that every Baltimore family – no matter who you are, where you live, how much money you make, or the color of your skin – has the opportunity to have a thriving baby who grows into a healthy child.
The health of babies and families in Baltimore varies widely based on race, neighborhood, and income. Although fewer babies in Baltimore are dying, Black babies die at a rate four times greater than White babies. They are more likely to be born too soon and too small, and as a result, they are at higher risk for lifelong health and learning problems. Life expectancy varies in Baltimore by 20 years based on neighborhood, with people in the poorest neighborhoods dying younger. These are “health inequities”—differences in health that are unjust and unfair. The root causes of these inequities are unjust social and economic policies, racism, discrimination, and unequal access to health care, stable housing, and other resources needed for good health.