Houston is our nation's fourth-largest city. With no racial or ethnic majority, it has one of the fastest-growing and most diverse populations anywhere in the world, with a talented workforce cutting across the energy, health care, aerospace and information technology sectors. Houston anchors Harris County, which is our nation's third largest county with 4.7 million residents. With just over 67,000 live births, Harris County babies accounted for approximately one-fifth of all babies born in Texas in 2018.
The area also faces challenges. Poverty and food insecurity, 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, infant mortality and severe maternal morbidity, particularly for communities of color.
Houston, 2017-2019 Average
Harris County, 2016-2018 Average
Alicia Lee, March of Dimes, Director MCH Collective Impact for Houston highlights the collective work March of Dimes is leading in Houston to improve the health for all moms, babies, and families.
An article examining how women of color are more likely to experience complications related to pregnancy, including poor maternal health outcomes and preterm birth.
The article showcases local data from the March of Dimes 2020 Report Card, including the rising rates of preterm birth.