Pacific Islanders and U.S.-born Black/African Americans face higher rates of infant mortality than the rest of Utah. Britany Okada, MPH, CHES, a health program specialist with the Utah Office of Health Disparities with the Utah Department of Health, stopped by KUTV to explain to viewers the importance of raising awareness about these disparities or differences in health outcomes.
If you are from these communities or know someone from these communities is important to let them know. Everyone can benefit from early prenatal care and preconception health. Preconception health is the health of women and men before pregnancy. It includes being as healthy as possible before pregnancy including being active and eating healthy.
At the end of March 2018, the Utah Office of Health Disparities is releasing our It Takes a Village: Giving Our Babies the Best Chance program curriculum. The It Takes a Village program is OHD’s effort to raise awareness about birth outcomes disparities or differences in health outcomes experienced by Utah’s Pacific Islander community and educates about maternal and infant health in the context of Pacific Islander cultural beliefs and practices.
Find more information about the program at health.utah.gov/disparities or contact Brittney Okada at firstname.lastname@example.org.