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Cherished Futures News & Reports

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Advancing Birth Equity in Los Angeles County: Clinic Interview Findings and the Impact of Structural Racism in Black Neighborhoods

December 2022

The purpose of the report is to explore clinic practices and identify challenges to advancing birth equity for Black families in Los Angeles County. We explore the
impact of structural racism on the health of Black families. We provide a series of short-term strategies and long-term structural recommendations that are informed by
clinic findings and our analysis of community conditions.

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Engaging Community Members & Key Stakeholders in the Development of a Birth Equity Hospital Designation

December 2022

This report provides a foundation for the development of a birth equity designation framework for hospitals. This report also details the findings from our comparative analysis and highlights key themes from interviews and focus groups with experts from the field in creating a birth equity designation. These findings give insight into the need for stronger, intentional, non-hierarchical partnerships between hospitals and the communities they serve.


April 14, 2021

Black Maternal Health Week: Black Mothers and Advocates Discuss Ways to Improve Health Care in Los Angeles

Since 2020, Cherished Futures has hosted a series of Sister Circles in partnership with the California Black Women’s Health Project and the Los Angeles County African American Infant and Maternal Mortality (AAIMM) Prevention Initiative, collectively bringing together over 60 Black women across Los Angeles to discuss opportunities to improve health care delivery, particularly for Black people.

April 14, 2021

In pandemic times, Black maternal health is more important than ever

"Covid is really exacerbating the stressors that exist for Black birthing folks. We know that high stress prenatally contributes to some of the inequities we see," Sherrod said in an interview. 



3-part Cherished Futures series

The Cherished Futures story was released as a three-part series in Our Health California, a grassroots advocacy platform of more than 1 million people.

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January 25, 2023

Cherished Futures Marks Third Year of Efforts to Address Birth Inequities Impacting Black Families

Collaboration of Hospitals and Community-based Organizations Releases Two New Reports on Advancing Birth Equity, Notes Progress in Effecting Systemic Change to Reduce Mortality and Improve Safety for Black Infants and Birthing People

Image by Mehmet Turgut Kirkgoz

August 23, 2022

Celebrating 10 Years of Black Breastfeeding Week

This August 25-31, 2022 signifies the 10th year of Black Breastfeeding Week being in existence. The theme for this milestone is “10 Years, A New Foundation” with an integral focus to celebrate the stories of families past present, and future while shifting the narratives about breastfeeding in the Black community.

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