Advancing Birth Equity Strategies Together
***Request for 2019 Applications is Now Closed***
***The deadline for submitting applications has passed. Teams will be announced June 21, 2019.***
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Click “Play” to listen to the BEST Cities RFA Informational Call held on May 7
APPLICANT TIMELINE for both BBZ and Institute for Equity in Birth Outcomes:
Best Babies Zones (BBZ) Initiative
|Selected applicants will serve as leads to promote place-based, community-driven, multi-sector strategies to address the social, structural, and economic determinants of inequities in birth outcomes and promote health equity.
The BBZ approach is a practical application of the Life Course Perspective. The Life Course Perspective proposes that disproportionate exposure to risk factors at sensitive periods of development and throughout a lifetime may increase the risk for poor birth outcomes from one generation to the next. The BBZ approach applies this to practice by addressing resident-identified risk factors and supporting resident-identified protective factors in a small geographic zone. This is accomplished by fostering cross-sector community collaboration and actions in education, economic development, community services, and health systems. Approaches will be evaluated, with results and impact of local strategies broadly disseminated.