Announcing ‘Stronger2gether’, District of Columbia’s Partnership in the Aegis Health Security Clinton Global Initiative Commitment to Reduce Infant Mortality

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Today at the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) annual meeting, Mayor Vincent Gray joins Aegis Health Security in announcing its ‘Stronger2gether – One City 4 Healthier Babies’ initiative aimed at improving birth outcomes and lowering the infant mortality rate in the District of Columbia to 5.0 deaths per 1,000 live births by 2020.

We are equipping our government agencies and community partners to think innovatively and become champions of coordinated and effective care for expecting mothers

Today, at the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) annual meeting, Mayor Vincent Gray joins Aegis Health Security in announcing its ‘Stronger2gether – One City 4 Healthier Babies’ initiative aimed at improving birth outcomes and lowering the infant mortality rate in the District of Columbia to 5.0 deaths per 1,000 live births by 2020. This effort was started with a commitment by attorney Myron M. Cherry of Chicago, IL. – a founding member of CGI and Aegis Health Security – as part of his support for CGI’s goals echoing President Clinton’s question, “What will YOU do?”

Infant mortality is a key indicator of the health of a nation. Despite the ever-increasing cost of health care (now 17% of the GDP), the U.S. infant mortality rate (IMR) still exceeds that of most other developed countries. According to the World Bank, in 2012 the U.S. ranked 32nd in world infant mortality ranking. The IMR in the capital of the United States is 7.4 infant deaths per 1,000 live births compared to the national average IMR of 6.

Stronger2gether is a public-private partnership with over 40 CGI commitment partners to improve maternal and child health outcomes for D.C. as a model for urban communities. Stronger2ogether will reduce infant mortality utilizing innovative analytics, best clinical practices and the mobilization of community partners to create a culture of health and help babies get to their first birthday healthy and ready to thrive.

“The infant mortality rate in the District has reached historic lows and the declining trend has been a reflection of my administration’s commitment and leadership to increasing access to care and improving the quality of local services throughout the city. But our work is not done. We accept the challenge to come together as one city to continue to eliminate preventable infant deaths. I am confident that this partnership will enhance our abilities to eliminate maternal and child health disparities as we effectively work together with community providers and the public to address disparities across the social determinants of health,” said Mayor Gray. “We are equipping our government agencies and community partners to think innovatively and become champions of coordinated and effective care for expecting mothers.”

Stronger2gether‘s framework includes a sustained approach to community education and stakeholder engagement and six key initiatives to reduce the IMR in the District encompassing: screening, centering, safe sleep, brief intervention, smoking cessation, and referral to treatment (SBIRT), 17-hydroxyprogesterone (17-P), and better coordinated patient engagement services.

“Shared investments in several areas usually provide almost immediate payback by saving substantial resources while bringing significantly better outcomes in the areas of need,” said Remy Szykier, Managing Director, Aegis Health Security. ‘The long term benefits of this innovative commitment and partner collaboration will be of significant importance to our society; a healthier and more productive population – contributing to the growth of our country and our Nation’s Capital.”

Based on an assessment by the Department of Health on the projected financial impact of an infant mortality reduction program, reduction in total lifetime cost due to premature birth is approximately $22 million, of which two thirds are captured in the first year of life.
Contact: Jasmine Shih, 408-888-3881, jasmine.shih(at)aegishealthsecurity(dot)com, http://www.aegishealthsecurity.com

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