“Black infants in America are now more than twice as likely to die as white infants — a racial disparity that is actually wider than in 1850, 15 years before the end of slavery, when most black women were considered chattel.” [NYTimes Magazine]

High Black Infant Mortality is a consequence of structural racism. In communities across the country where these rates are disproportionate, it is imperative that we address racial bias in health systems. However, disparate health outcomes are affected by so-called social determinants of health; the broad range of personal, social, economic and environmental factors prevailing in a community. Income and status are a primary social determinant of health.* The median wealth of white families is north of $100,000, while Black median wealth hovers around $10,000.

BabyZoos is a for-profit enterprise nurturing the maternal and economic health of Black women and their communities.

We are developing a line of prepackaged adult and kid food products. Net profit from the business is used to fund interventions led by Black women to address Black Infant Mortality. We plan to grow the business to viability and transfer ownership to Black women. We are beginning this work in kalamaZoo [it’s in the name baby!] and our first product is APPLE SAUCE.

* “infants born to college-educated black parents were twice as likely to die as infants born to similarly educated white parents.” NYTimes Mag

Birth Glossary

Infant Mortality
The death of a baby before their first birthday is called infant mortality. The infant mortality rate is the number of infant deaths that occur for every 1,000 live births. This rate is often used as an indicator to measure the health and well-being of a community because factors affecting the health of entire populations can also impact the death of infants {Cradle Equity}

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