Health disparities are a consequence of structural racism within health systems particularly. In communities across the country where these rates are disproportionate, it is imperative that we address racial bias within those local health systems. However, disparate health outcomes are also impacted 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. In particular, the median wealth for single Black women (and Latina women) was $200 (and $100), respectively—about one cent for every dollar of White women’s wealth.

Health systems serve as economic anchors in their communities by directly employing over 5.7 million workers. The economic contribution of hospitals is also felt throughout the economy hospital spending supported one in nine U.S. jobs and more than $2.8 trillion in economic activity in 2015. We need to hold our institutions accountable.

BabyZoos is a for-profit enterprise nurturing the maternal and economic health of Black communities, especially Black women, by repatriating health system profits.

We are selling food products to health systems and using net profits from our business to fund interventions led by Black folks to address racial health disparities, with a focus on Black Infant and Black Maternal Mortality, in their communities. We will provide Black folks, especially Black women, sustainable, wealth building employment— referencing the MIT living wage calculator, as well as exploring cooperative ownership.

We are beginning this work in kalamaZoo [it’s in the name baby!] and our first product is APPLE SAUCE.

* class status does not necessarily insulate vulnerable groups from racial health disparities. “infants born to college-educated black parents were twice as likely to die as infants born to similarly educated white parents.” NYTimes Mag

Health 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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