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Black mothers in Illinois are 48% more likely to have a preterm birth and 2.8 more times more likely to lose their baby in their first year of life compared to white women. Additionally, the rate of maternal mortality for black women is over three times that of white women. These disparities are linked to the "chronic stress triggered by racism and discrimination."

Governor Rauner has proclaimed February to be School Health Center Awareness Month to raise awareness about how school-based health centers are revolutionizing the way children and adolescents access health care services. 

Read the full proclamation here.

Black mothers in Illinois are 48% more likely to have a preterm birth and 2.8 more times more likely to lose their baby in their first year of life compared to white women. Additionally, the rate of maternal mortality for black women is over three times that of white women.

UPCOMING EVENTS

Thursday, February 8, 2018 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm, Wednesday, February 21, 2018 - 2:30pm to 3:30pm

EverThrive IL, in partnership with Between Friends and the U.S.

Tuesday, February 27, 2018 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Join EverThrive IL Board, Associate Board, and staff for the latest from Follow Her Lead: a Speaker Series for Emerging Women Leaders.