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The Crisis of Black Infant Mortality in Los Angeles

Wednesday, October 24, 2018
10:00am - 12:00pm PDT
California Community Foundation Joan Palevsky Center for the Future of Los Angeles
201 - 281 S. Figueroa Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012
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The LA Partnership for Early Childhood Investment and Southern California Grantmakers invite you to attend an important meeting exploring The Crisis of Black Infant Mortality in Los Angeles.

For generations in Los Angeles County, black babies have been more likely to die in their first year of life than white babies. Shockingly, the difference has grown over the past 20 years, rising from twice as often to three times higher, regardless of the mother’s level of education attainment or income level. Most of the deaths are of black babies who are born prematurely and too small. What accounts for those early births is a complicated mix of social, environmental and health factors that include economic and housing insecurity and a lack of culturally appropriate, empowering, supportive, equitable healthcare for expecting black women. Recent research points to another culprit: black mothers’ chronic stress resulting from experiences of racism.

Leaders in Los Angeles County are now working to reduce the gap with a multi-faceted plan that targets all of these factors. Released in April and followed by a series of community meetings, this plan seeks to shrink the disparity by 30 percent over the coming five years. Models of success are sprinkled throughout the country, including in Toledo, Ohio and in East Oakland. (Priska Neely at KPCC has covered the issue throughout the summer, including a story of how it impacted her own family.)

Join us for a discussion of the progress LA County is making, what we can learn from others across the nation and how philanthropy can contribute to ending this ongoing crisis.



Crystal Crawford, Program Director Women’s Health/Initiatives & Diversity in the Health Professions, The California Wellness Foundation



  • Tyan Parker Dominguez, PhD, MPH, MSW, Clinical Professor and Vice Chair for Curriculum, Department of Children, Youth, & Families at the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work
  • Deborah Allen, Deputy Director, Health Promotion, LA County Department of Public Health
  • Wenonah Valentine, Executive Director, iDream for Racial Health Equity


Event in partnership with:

SCG members: No cost to participate
Non-members: $100

Who May Attend
SCG members and eligible non-members

Register online by clicking here or emailing Mary Kopp at [email protected].

Accommodations for People with Disabilities
If you have a disability and require accommodation in order to fully participate in this activity, please contact our programs team at [email protected] or (213) 680-8866. You will be contacted by someone from our staff to discuss your specific needs.


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