We are working together to address the issues furthering health inequities for families in Atlanta.
Partnering with local government, state leaders, corporate health partners and community-based organizations and stakeholders, our Local Collective Impact Initiative will confront challenges by building solutions to achieve health and racial equity for all moms and babies.
Atlanta is a thriving city that serves as the political, economic and cultural center of the metropolitan area. As the most populous city in Georgia, Atlanta is home to 498,000 residents, with just over 12,500 live births a year. The city has 1.33 more Black residents than any other racial/ethnic group. The city also faces challenges. It is considered the top city for income inequality in America. Poverty, inadequate access to health care, being uninsured and the impact of systemic racism, help fuel the local maternal and infant health crisis. These factors contribute to high rates of preterm birth and infant mortality, particularly for communities of color.
Atlanta, 2017-2019 Average
Fulton County, 2016-2018 Average
Tamara Mason, MPH, CHES
Director, Maternal & Child Health Collective Impact
Phone: (404) 784-7903
Read this press release announcing approval by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to extend Medicaid state plan benefits from 60 days to six months to postpartum women with incomes up to 220 percent of the federal poverty level.
A story reporting how Georgia received an “F” on the 2020 March of Dimes Report Card because of its increasing number of preterm births. 2020 was the second straight year that Georgia received a failing grade from March of Dimes.
Stacey D. Stewart, March of Dimes President and CEO, spoke to WABE’s host of “All Things Considered,” Lisa Rayam about the lack of maternity care in the state.
Every family can have the best possible start. But today, too many moms and babies are dying or experiencing serious health complications related to childbirth—and far too many are moms and babies of color. Only by working together can we confront inequities and ensure the health and wellbeing of every family.