Bringing Health Care Organizations & Black Leaders Together for Birth Equity

About Cherished Futures for Black Moms & Babies

Cherished Futures for Black Moms & Babies is a joint initiative to reduce Black maternal and infant health inequities and improve the Black patient experience in Los Angeles County.

Grounded in data and Black women's experiences, we bring together decision-makers from local hospitals, public health departments, health plans, and Black community leaders. Together, we co-design systems-change solutions at the clinical, institutional, and community levels.

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Racism NOT Race

In Los Angeles County, Black people account for just 8% of births, yet continue to experience the greatest birth-related complications and deaths. Research points to structural racism as the root cause of unequal birth-related complicationswhich has real and measurable impacts on Black bodies. 

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Our Approach

Mobilizing a Collaborative of Leaders

We bring together a collaborative of hospitals, public health, payers, and community leaders to drive systems change.

Elevating Black Voices

We bring Black voices and thought leadership to the decision-making table.

Building Core Partnerships

Our work helps to strengthen key partnerships between organizations to advance birth equity.


“Thank you for launching Cherished Futures to close the birth equity gap. Social justice and health equity are not common themes, unfortunately in clinical services, but you all are truly paving the way.” 


—  Holly J. Mitchell, LA County Supervisor, Former CA State Senator

Cherished Futures is a joint initiative of Communities Lifting Communities, the Public Health Alliance of Southern California, and the Hospital Association of Southern California. Click the logos below to learn more about each organization.

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Cherished Futures is generously funded by the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, First 5 LA, Blue Shield of California Promise Health Plan, the California Health Care Foundation, Health Net, Centene Foundation for Quality Healthcare, and Ballmer Group.