Since 2018, the Dane County Health Council (DCHC)
— a coalition of health care providers, public entities, and nonprofits, The Foundation for Black Women’s Wellness (FFBWW)
and EQT by Design (EQT)
have partnered to formulate tangible solutions to lower the incidence of low birth weight for babies born to Black mothers in Dane County. To guide this work, the DCHC commissioned the Foundation and EQT to conduct a community engagement effort that specifically centered Black women and community members as the most impacted to weigh in on the issue.
Over a 9 month period, the Foundation and EQT By Design engaged more than 300 Black women, men, and service providers across Dane County to identify root causes of these disparities as well as solutions to improve Black birth outcomes in the county. The findings of this outreach is summarized in the Saving Our Babies Report