News - Maternal and Infant Mortality Initiative

Zero To Three Policy Center and the Center for Law and Social Poverty have released four papers making the case for national investment in babies' good health. Download the full policy briefs and find out more: 

Join the Women's Health Research Institute at Northwestern University's Monthly Research Forum on Tuesday, November 7 from 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. This month's topic is How to Care for Women with Opioid Use Disorders Who Become Pregnant: What Research Tells Us featuring Hendree Jones, PhD, Jones is the Executive Director of UNC Horizons Program and a Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

EverThrive IL is supporting along with partners for the passage of HB3895 - The Happy Healthy Babies Bill in Springfield this spring. This bill will set up a state-funded diaper allowance to support struggling families living in deep poverty. By helping to provide one of life's earliest essential needs, HB3895 aims to promote the health and well-being of all families, prevent the spread of diseases like hepatitis A, and increase early education and care participation. 

May 1 - 7 is Maternal Mental Health Awareness Week and we're proud to #ConnecttheDots with so many partners to help support new mothers during this monumental transition. Join us and The National Coaltion for Maternal Mental Health by becoming an awareness partner. Find more information and resources here.

In honor of Black History Month, EverThrive Illinois is featuring profiles of black leaders in maternal and child health. The final profile for this month is on exiting EverThrive IL Executive Director, Janine Hill. 


In honor of Black History Month, EverThrive Illinois is featuring profiles of black leaders in maternal and child health.


In honor of Black History Month, EverThrive Illinois is featuring profiles of black leaders in maternal and child health.

In honor of Black History Month, EverThrive Illinois is featuring profiles of black leaders in maternal and child health. 



EverThrive IL is now accepting nominations  for the Loretta P. Lacey Community Advocate, Researcher, and the Garry Gardner Health Care Provider Awards! Awardees will be recognized at the 2017 Annual Meeting on Tuesday, June 13. Find out more here and submit your nomination here.

Join EverThrive IL for a free screening and panel discussion of Precious Loss on Wednesday, November 16th. Find out more and register here.

September is Infant Mortality Awareness Month, and EverThrive IL is working with supporters, fellow advocates, and partners to reduce racial and ethnic disparities in the infant mortality rate across Illinois. Black babies are almost three times more like than their white counterparts to die before their first birthday, and this is unacceptable.

IDPH is hosting a webinar for community partners working with pregnant women, as the CDC's guidelines for the outbreak continue to evolve. The webinar will brief partners on the latest Illinois guildlines, transmission updates, and prevention messages.

Registration is now open for Innovate, Collaborate, & Elevate: a Maternal & Child Health Conference. Find more information, a full conference schedule, and register today here!

EverThrive IL is now accepting nominations for the Loretta P. Lacey Community Adovcate, Researcher, and the Garry Gardner Health Care Provider Awards. Three outstanding public health professionals will be acknowledged at the 2016 Annual Meeting and Luncheon. Find more information and the nomination form here, submissions are due by Friday, February 26.

EverThrive IL is still accepting applications for sponsorship and exhibitors for the 2016 MCH Conference to be held April 20-21 in Oak Lawn, IL. Please submit applications and payment to the EverThrive IL Main Office by Thursday, February 11.

Find exhibitor information and form here.

EverThrive IL is excited to welcome Brielle Treece Osting as the new Manager of the Maternal and Infant Mortality Initiative. Brielle has significant experience in health care, research, and philanthropy. Prior to joining EverThrive IL, Ms. Osting served as an Associate Program Officer at the Illinois Children’s Healthcare Foundation, the only private foundation dedicated solely to children’s health in the state.

This report, developed biannially to provide updates and information on the state of perinatal public health in Illinois, is now available online through the HFS website. The report the status of a number of initiatives to improve maternal and child health across the state. View the full report here. 

EverThrive IL saw a lot of change and celebrated many victories in 2015. View the full report here, and become a member today to help us continue our work advocating for families across the state!

EverThrive IL is now accepting abstract submissions for the 2016 Maternal and Child Health Conference held April 20-21, 2016. Find more information here, deadline for submissions is Friday, January 8th.

The American Academy of Pediatrics has, for the first time, issued new policy to address the growing problem of food insecurity for American families. View the full report here.

Join the Illinois Perinatal Quality Collaborative for its 3rd annual conference on Wednesday, November 18 at UIC Forum in Chicago, IL. Find more information about the event here. 

The 2nd Biennial Perinatal Mental Health Conference: Translational Research in Perinatal Mental Health: Laboratory to Bedside to Community Practice will be held November 4-6 in Chicago. Find more information and register for the conference here.

Jennifer Epstein, Project Director for the Healthy Lifestyles and Health Disparities Initiatives, has accepted a position with the Health Institute of Metropolitan Chicago as the Deputy Director - Programs. EverThrive IL is sad to Jennifer go, but we are excited for this incredible opportunity and wish her the best of luck.

Congratulations, Jennifer!

CAN TV Chicago was on hand to record the opening and panel discussion at the Infant Mortality Awareness Symposium, hosted by EverThrive IL at Holy Cross Hospital on Wednesday, September 16. Watch the broadcast in full here.

House Resolution 526 has been adopted, designating September as Infant Mortality Awareness Month in Illinois.


The measure seeks to bring to the forefront discussions on infant mortality, applauding Illinois Department of Public Health on the mission to reduce infant mortality, and acknowledges the work that still needs to be done, especially in addressing the disparity of infant mortality between white and non-white babies. 


Laundry Detergent Packets pose serious risk to young children and infants
July 21 2015

You may have seen quite a few headlines lately, on the news, in blogs, or on social media, regarding the safety hazards of liquid laundry detergent packets.

Three EverThrive IL sponsored bills and a supported bill have made it through the State Senate and House and are on their way to Governor Rauner's desk this legislative session.

Click on the links below for information on each bill. Thanks to all our partnering advocates, stakeholders, and legislators who supported these measures and were essential to their success. 


Illinois hospitals, health care groups oppose Rauner's cuts to managed care
EverThrive IL Board member, Elyse Forkosh Cutler featured.
Read the full article on the Crain's Chicago website»

Janine Lewis featured on Focus on Tomorrow's CAN-TV Show
EverThrive IL’s Executive Director was interviewed by a youth journalist about our work, mission, and accomplishments. 

View the full show on YouTube»

The national preterm birth rate fell to 11.4 percent in 2013 – the lowest in 17 years – meeting the federal Healthy People 2020 goal seven years early. Despite this progress, the U.S. still received a "C" on the 7th annual March of Dimes Premature Birth Report Card because it fell short of the more-challenging 9.6 percent target set by the March of Dimes, the group said today. Read more here.

Planned Parenthood of Illinois unveiled an art installation in Chicago’s Daley Plaza to recognize the importance of Breast Cancer Awareness month. Discussions around breast cancer are particularly important for black and Hispanic women, as they are significantly more likely to die from breast cancer than their white counterparts. Read the full article here.

March of Dimes president, Dr. Jennifer L. Howse sat down with Fox News to discuss America’s preterm birth rate. With one in nine babies being born too soon, the U.S. ranks the worst out of the 130 industrialized nations in the world. This conversation comes in light of March of Dimes’ updated Premature Report Card. Read the full article and watch the interview here.

Ellen Mason, MD, IMCHC's Board of Directors Chairperson, was featured on the Chicago Tribune's Letter-to-the-Editor page.
Read the full editorial on the Chicago Tribune's website»

This week’s Supreme Court decision in the Hobby Lobby case was a step back for women’s health across the country. As a boss, I firmly believe that a woman’s health care decisions should be made in the doctor’s office and not in the workplace or courtroom.