Cleveland City Council created a coalition of government leaders and advocacy groups to dismantle systemic racism in the city when it declared racism a public health crisis two years ago. Since then, the coalition leadership says the group has met monthly in secrecy.
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Tenisha Gaines and Da’na Langford founded Village of Healing, a nonprofit pledged to improving birth outcomes for Black women, to provide a remedy for what they saw as ineffective and incomplete treatment during their careers as healthcare professionals. In fall of 2021, Village of Healing will open a women’s healthcare clinic for obstetric, gynecological, and infant care in Euclid.
Over the past three years, infant mortality among Black children born in Cuyahoga County has improved. During the same time, an ecosystem of Black healthcare and social service providers has emerged. Pregnant with Possibilities is a Black-led, Black-serving organization applying cultural competence to solving the issue of racial healthcare disparities.