The Tarrant County Birth Equity Collaborative (BEC), led jointly by the Health Equity Alliance of Tarrant County (HEAL) and Tarrant County Public Health (TCPH), was established to reduce racial inequalities in maternal and infant health through identification, planning and implementation. upstream and downstream strategies. BEC is one of the BEST Cities CityMatCH initiatives and consists of a diverse group of community members, parents, organizations, academic institutions and health partners; and was established in June 2018. As an evolving collaboration, our job is to address the persisting racial / ethnic differences in maternal and child health in Texas. In Tarrant County, despite a decline in overall infant mortality, in 2016, black infant mortality (9.33 deaths per 1,000 live births) was significantly higher than white infant mortality (5.39 deaths per 1,000 live births) by TCPH. overview of epidemiology and health data.
In addition, according to the Joint Biennial Report on Maternal Mortality and Morbidity of 2018 and the Ministry of State Health Services, Tarrant County is in the public health region with the second highest maternal mortality rate among black women in the state (48.3 deaths per 100,000 live births). The presentation will be led by several of our BEC members: Misty Wilder, MSW, Reverend Barbara Dunlap, MA, Kyrah K. Brown, PhD, Erika Thompson, PhD, MPH.
During our presentation, we will talk about Collaborative’s early work in forming a coalition and involving community members, our strategies for setting standards and values for community building, and our collaborative event planning processes. We will also discuss the key obstacles to this work, including the challenges of creating a new, unfunded collaborative community (especially during a pandemic), involving community members, and so on. We will integrate interactive exercises and discussion with our session participants. We hope to share our accomplishments, barriers, and lessons learned to inspire other associates who do similar work in Texas.
We are excited about our upcoming meeting at the Healthier Texas Summit on Wednesday, October 27 at 11:15 – 00:15 Central Time (will be available upon request). We would like to thank Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas, UT System and It’s Time Texas for the opportunity to present themselves at the summit. We strongly encourage you to register for the 2021 Virtual Healthier Texas Summit so that you do not miss the Justice presentations scheduled for October 27-28.
This blog was written by: Kyrah Brown, Assistant, University of Texas Arlington.