Although the number of women who die in childbirth globally has fallen in recent decades, the rates in the U.S. have gone up. Since 1987 maternal mortality has doubled in the U.S. Now approximately 800 maternal deaths occur every year. One of the most striking takeaways from examining the data is racial disparity: Black women are three to four times more likely to die from pregnancy-related conditions. This Scientific American article looks at the alarming statistics and some of the reasons why.
Report April 28, 2022
The BUILD Initiative is a national effort that advances state work on behalf of young children (prenatal through five), their families, and communities. BUILD staff partner with early childhood state leaders focused on early learning, health and nutrition, mental health, child welfare, and family support and engagement to create the policies, infrastructure, and cross-sector connections necessary for quality and equity. BUILD provides consultation, planning, and tailored implementation assistance, learning opportunities, resources, and cross-state peer exchanges. These efforts help state leaders improve and expand access to quality and promote equitable outcomes for our youngest children.
A Continued Call to Action: Building a Comprehensive Birth-to-Three Strategy in the District of Columbia
Report April 14, 2022
Through this brief, we share DC’s infant/toddler story — the recent investments and decisions, the evolution of its approach and strategies, and the people who made this progress possible. As other state and community leaders seek to create comprehensive systems of care for young children and their families, DC’s story shows what the future might look like.
Blog March 28, 2022
In this blog, Susan Hibbard executive director of BUILD, addresses the war in Ukraine and its impact on children and their families.