Every Baby Guilford Initiative

2023 NACo Achievement Award Winner

Guilford County, N.C., NC

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About the Program

Category: Health (Best in Category)

Year: 2023

For several decades, Guilford County’s infant mortality rate has remained higher than the state and national rates. Led by staff of the Guilford County Department of Health & Human Services, Division of Public Health (GCDHHS-DPH), a radically inclusive collective action movement called Every Baby Guilford (EBG) was launched in June 2021 to disrupt these long-standing racial disparities in Guilford County. Collective action is a community-led process that builds collaborative solutions by centering and working with the community for advancing equity and achieving social change. Through a community-driven process, the bold goal to reduce infant mortality disparities by 50% by 2026, and eliminating them by 2031 was announced at the launch of this movement.

  • Increasing the number of pregnant persons that receive prenatal care before the 2nd trimester
  • Increasing the number of healthy births by reducing the number of preterm and low birthweight births in Black infants
  • Increase the number of Guilford Babies who make it to their first birthday by reducing infant mortality

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