Birth Equity Initiative

Cherished Futures for Black Moms & Babies

Cherished Futures for Black Moms & Babies was a multi-sector collaborative effort to reduce Black infant deaths and improve patient experiences and safety for Black mothers and birthing people in Los Angeles County. Cherished Futures was a joint initiative of Communities Lifting Communities, the Public Health Alliance of Southern California, and the Hospital Association of Southern California from 2019-2023. The work of the joint initiative was completed as of 12/31/2023.

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Tackling Long-Standing Black Maternal & Infant Health Inequities in Los Angeles County

Guided by the data and grounded in Black women’s experiences, Cherished Futures is a two-year cohort experience that brings together decision-makers from local birthing hospitals, public health departments, health plans, and Black community leaders to co-design systems-change solutions across three systems levels: clinical, institutional, and community.

Fast Facts

  • The rate of preterm birth among Black women is 50% higher than for white or Asian women (CDC Reference)
  • Black women are 4 times more likely to die from pregnancy-related causes compared to white women (AMA Reference)
  • Black women report experiencing discrimination when getting medical care more than other racial/ethnic groups

Our Approach


Teams actively review disaggregated data by race and ethnicity to identify equity gaps


Protocols for timely treatment of hypertension; exclusive breastfeeding


Implicit bias training; centering respectful maternal care


Strengthen partnerships with doulas and resources; engage Black patients through focus groups and patient experience surveys

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