Chicago is a diverse, bustling city of about 2.7 million people (29% Black, 28% Latino or Hispanic) and about 32,000 live births a year. More than half of the city is located in Cook County, one of the most populous counties in the U.S. While the city has many positive attributes, such as being home to leading universities, an array of cultural attractions, several fortune 500 companies, it also has challenges.
Poverty, alongside factors such as inadequate access to health care and being uninsured 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.
Chicago, 2017-2019 Average
Cook County, 2016-2018 Average