Our nation is in the midst of a maternal and infant health crisis, which is particularly devastating for under-served moms and babies of color, their families, and their communities. Every day, March of Dimes sees this inequitable treatment of women and babies of color.
Fighting racial health inequeities is not new work for us. For more than 80 years, March of Dimes has been leading the fight for the health of all moms and babies. Our Center for Social Science Research investigates how social determinates are impacting our health. Our advocacy efforts at the state and national levels champion access to care, especially for underserved populations. And our implicit bias training specifically targets health professionals, providing ways for them to mitigate their own bias when treating patients of color.
Now more than ever, we recognize that what we observe as health inequities are the result of structural and systemic racism that continue to directly and negatively impact the health of moms and babies of color. It's time for bold, immediate action from policymakers and health leaders to dismantle structural racism and to support policies, programs and system-wide changes that will lead to real and measurable improvements in health. In order to achieve our goals of ending preventable preterm birth and maternal death we must close the health equity gap. We must work together to bring fair, just and full access to health care for all moms and babies.
We ask that you join us in taking action by making a gift today.
Your gift will help support a number of March of Dimes programs that seek to promote health equity for moms and babies. March of Dimes recognizes that along with social determinants of health, implicit bias and stigma experienced by patients are potential contributors to the disparities in maternal and infant health outcomes.
We cannot let this moment pass without each of us examining our own role in how we repair the injustices that exist. March of Dimes stands ready to build community with those who are committed to a country of healthy moms and strong babies of all races and background. We hope you'll join us through your support.