About The Initiative

The Los Angeles County African American Infant and Maternal Mortality (AAIMM) Prevention Initiative is a coalition of the Department of Public Health in partnership with First 5 LA and the LA County Department of Health Services, Department of Mental Health, community organizations, mental and health care providers, funders, and community members. We are united in one purpose: to address the unacceptably high rates of Black infant and maternal deaths countywide and ensure healthy and joyous births for Black families in LA County. Through a series of comprehensive coordinated strategies, we aim to reduce the gap in infant mortality rates by 30% by 2023.

The AAIMM Prevention Initiative approaches its work from a frame that the root cause of the problem is the stress caused by a Black person’s exposure to racism and the impact of that stress on a Black woman/
birthing person’s body, compounded by structures in society that perpetuate racism of culturally competent care, and the presence of implicit and overt bias in the systems of support that impact Black families.