We are working together to address the issues furthering health inequities for families in Miami.
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.
Miami is a vibrant, resilient, multilingual, and multicultural community known for it's beautiful beaches, world-class performing arts and distinguished universities. Miami-Dade County is the 2nd largest county in Florida and home to an estimated 2.7 million residents (72% Latino/Hispanic and 16.5% Black/African American) and over 30,000 live births a year. More than half of Miami-Dade’s residents were born outside the U.S. The most common languages spoken are Spanish, English and Haitian Creole, along with French and Portuguese.
The city also faces challenges such as poverty and unemployment, high crime rates, inadequate access to health care and high uninsured rates that 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.
Miami, 2017-2019 Average
Miami-Dade County, 2016-2018 Average
Tenesha Avent, MPH, CCHW
Director, Maternal & Child Health Collective Impact
Florida’s Pregnancy-Associated Mortality Review (PAMR) is an ongoing surveillance process that involves data collection and examination of maternal deaths to promote evidence-based actions.
Skye Wheeler, a senior researcher in the Women’s Rights Division of Human Rights Watch, discusses the correlation between extreme heat and adverse birth outcomes with NBC 6 News.
March of Dimes President and CEO Stacey D. Stewart discusses the high preterm birth rates in Florida and the factors affecting the health of moms, including a lack of insurance and access to health care.
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.