Celebrating the 15th Anniversary of PPOR's Conception

Vol. 20
Year of Publication: 
citylights 2012 fall cover

As CityMatCH’s Executive Director, I am pleased to bring you this issue celebrating the 15th Anniversary of the Perinatal Periods of Risk (PPOR). For over twenty years, CityMatCH has strived as an organization to reduce health disparities and translate the science of public health to practice. PPOR has played a key role in our history by demonstrating that addressing feto-infant mortality rates in a way that empowers the community and utilizes the available data is not only possible, but achievable. Thanks to PPOR, our members once again demonstrated that we can address our shared urban MCH problems using a science-based approach to public health practice.

As we look to the future, we recognize that using data strategically is key to the transformation of family and community health. In order to accomplish this goal, CityMatCH plans to analyze the most recent national data sets and provide updated PPOR data for large cities and counties in the coming year. This will give urban jurisdictions across the nation a “sneak preview” of their phase 1 PPOR data, allowing local health departments to determine whether to allocate resources for a full PPOR analysis and community process.

In the following pages, you will find unique stories told by the key figures involved in PPOR’s adaptation, and by the many CityMatCH members who have utilized PPOR in order to accomplish our common goal of improving the health and well- being of women, children, and families. These friends and colleagues form just part of the wider community of city and county health departments who have demonstrated their leadership by addressing these disparities in their communities. They have been gracious enough to continue the CityMatCH storytelling tradition by sharing their stories with us – stories which highlight the collaborations and partnerships that the success of CityMatCH’s work relies upon. I trust you will enjoy this unique edition of CityLights. Many thanks also to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National March of Dimes Birth Defects Foundation for their support in the development of PPOR, and to the Health Resources and Services Administration/Maternal and Child Health Bureau. Happy 15th PPOR! Read More...



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