As CityMatCH’s Executive Director, I am pleased to bring you this issue celebrating the 15th Anniversary of the Perinatal Periods of Risk (PPOR). For over twenty years, CityMatCH has strived as an organization to reduce health disparities and translate the science of public health to practice. PPOR has played a key role in our history by demonstrating that addressing feto-infant mortality rates in a way that empowers the community and utilizes the available data is not only possible, but achievable.
This issue of CityLights focuses on partnerships, which are described in various forms: partnerships between new staff at CityMatCH; the partnership between CityMatCH and the Pima County Health Dept around accreditation; partnerships between Boston's Public Health Commission and the Boston Housing Authority; a partnership between the Department of Huosing and Urban Development (HUD) and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS); and finally, partnerships between CityMatCH's Education and Training Action Group to aid in the development of the HRSA/MCHB's MCH Navigator.
The 2011 CityMatCH Urban MCH Leadership Conference focused on the theme of JUSTICE in all communities. This issue of CityLights highlights the key content and speakers of the conference. It aims to answer the question: what is social justice? How do we define it for ourselves? Following is an excerpt from the issue:
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