conceptioninter-conception, newborns and infants has never been
more necessary. In 2006, the starting of Healthier Beginnings conducted 13 key
interviews, with healthcare professionals, community organizations and political leaders
These interviews discovered an issue with the increased rates of infant mortality within
the African American/Black community. The group that was formed to start combating
this health disparity, turned into the first collaborative, Aurora Healthier Beginnings.
Aurora Healthier Beginnings and now is the program implementation initiative to carry out the
mission of Healthier Beginnings, Inc.
Knowing that this community is almost two and a half times more likely to be born
with low birth weight and die within the first year of life. This statistic continue to be
support by many research programs including the Genesee Project Reach team that
has studied infant mortality rate in the African American/Black Community since the
90’s; This is not acceptable, Healthier Beginnings is working to lower this rate to that
of other ethnicities within Aurora, and serve as a model for other communities. Through
a combination of education and healthcare intervention this health disparity can be
managed. Healthier Beginnings is working to educate the community and encourage
the uses of healthcare providers through peer education, and grassroots messaging.