B’More for Healthy Babies

B’More for Healthy Babies

B’More for Healthy Babies

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Led by the Baltimore City Health Department and the Family League of Baltimore City, B’More for Healthy Babies (BHB) brings together communities, organizations, and resources so that every baby might have the best start possible. With each additional year of implementation, the BHB Initiative sees more significant results. One important and very successful BHB initiative is the Teen Pregnancy Prevention Initiative (TPPI), which works to reduce teen births by improving young people’s access to age-appropriate and evidence-based health education, medically appropriate clinical services, and opportunities to engage their communities and grow as civic leaders. Between the start of the TPPI program in 2009 and 2013, teen pregnancies in Baltimore dropped by 30%. BHB’s work has also led to significant decreases in the infant mortality rate, which dropped to its lowest point ever in Baltimore City in 2012. Up until 2009–the year in which BHB was launched–the City had one of the highest infant mortality rates in the U.S. Accepting these awards will be Dr. Leana Wen, Baltimore City Health Commissioner, and Marie Tildon, Senior VP Public Policy & Community Affairs, CareFirst.