In 2018, the Montgomery County Maternal and Early Childhood Consortium (MECC), through the Office of Public Health, partnered with the Public Health Management Corporation to begin an eighteen-month Perinatal Periods of Risk (PPOR) investigation to look at disparities in infant mortality, identify significant risk factors, and develop a community action plan to improve birth outcomes.
While the infant mortality rate is decreasing across the county for all groups, racial disparities continue and are significant. The purpose of the PPOR study is to better understand the causes of poor birth outcomes in Montgomery County, specifically focusing on the fact that African American infant mortality rate (IMR) is three times the IMR for White infants.
PPOR is an analytic framework for studying racial disparities in fetal and infant mortality rates, helping community stakeholders build consensus and partnership as they work to identify and prevent risk factors during the greatest periods of risk. It is the belief of the MECC and those involved in the PPOR that if one group of babies in our county can have good outcomes, every group of babies should be able to achieve good outcomes.
The PPOR study will give us crucial information from the county vital records data to show us where in the pregnancy and first year of life the disparities are the greatest. We will then work together with community stakeholders to do the difficult work of creating change so that every infant has the same opportunity for good outcomes.
BE PART OF THE SOLUTION!
We are looking for community members, parents, health professionals, educators, faith community members, and others to join us in making change so that all babies can have good outcomes. If you would like to be part of the team, or if you would like more information, please send an email to MECC@montcopa.org.
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