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Equalizing Access: $20,000 Grant for The Alliance for Black NICU Families

Recognizing and finding solutions to the challenges that many of our members face on a daily basis is an important part of helping our communities achieve their best health. Despite advancements in medical care, there are real racial differences in maternal and infant health in the U.S. Black mothers are one and a half times more likely to have a preterm delivery when compared to white women.

On July 25, Johns Hopkins Health Plans granted $20,000 to The Alliance for Black NICU Families™ to help fund a program that provides wearable breast pumps for black families in the neonatal intensive care unit, or NICU. Priority Partners Community Health Advocate Desiree Johnson presented the check to co-founder and vice president of The Alliance for Black NICU Families, Deb Discenza.

The goal of the program is to equalize access to wearable breast pumps for Black mothers who want to provide their fragile NICU infant with healthy breastmilk from mom. Johns Hopkins Health Plans and Priority Partners are proud to be a part of this effort to help overcome this barrier to a healthy life.

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