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Record #: R2018-501   
Type: Resolution Status: Failed to Pass
Intro date: 5/25/2018 Current Controlling Legislative Body: Committee on Health and Environmental Protection
Final action:
Title: Call for Department of Family and Support Services and Department of Public Health to address need and ability to mitigate disparities in birth outcomes within City of Chicago
Sponsors: Burke, Edward M., Dowell, Pat
Topic: COMMITTEE/PUBLIC HEARINGS - Committee on Health and Environmental Protection
Attachments: 1. R2018-501.pdf
Related files: R2019-362
Committee on Health and Environmental Protection


WHEREAS, the health, safety, and well-being of the City's most vulnerable residents are a primary concern for the City Council; and

WHEREAS, most vulnerable residents in the City are the children; and

WHEREAS, protecting children should start as early as possible and studies have demonstrated that the efforts can start prior to their birth; and

WHEREAS, Chicago's new public health plan, Healthy Chicago 2.0", lays out an ambitious equity-based agenda, one that calls for health improvements and focus on neighborhoods and communities that face the greatest health disparities; and

WHEREAS, Healthy Chicago 2.0 focuses on root causes, or what social epidemiologists call the "causes of the causes," which is the social and structural conditions that affect residents' health; and

WHEREAS, Healthy Chicago 2.0 outlines 82 objectives and over 200 strategies to help reach 30 goals that are aligned with the City's effort to reduce preterm and low birthweights; and

WHEREAS, preterm delivery and low birthweight are serious birth outcomes that can have negative consequences, not only for infants and their families, but for our City as well; and

WHEREAS, preterm delivery, defined as a delivery before 37 weeks of gestation, is a problem in maternal-child health in the United States; and

WHEREAS, a low birthweight, considered less than 2,500 grams or approximately 5 pounds and 5 ounces, is strongly correlated with preterm delivery; and

WHEREAS, babies who are born preterm and/or low birthweight are at increased risk for death in the first year of life and experience a range of health problems throughout the babies' lifespan; and

WHEREAS, studies have found a significant correlation between birthweight and school age disabilities, behavior problems, reading and math scores, cognitive functions during young adulthood, adult educational attainment, and reproductive outcomes such as low birthweight and gestational diab...

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