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Every baby born in Allegheny County will celebrate their first birthday.

Who We Are

First Steps and Beyond is designed to decrease Black infant mortality rates, reduce preterm birth rates, increase knowledge about safe sleep recommendations for infants, and provide additional support in the fourth trimester.

Our Mission 

To mobilize the community through partnerships and a unified strategy to reduce Black infant deaths and racial disparities. We will accomplish our mission by building bridges between Pittsburgh’s community-based organizations (CBOs), birth workers, medical systems and government, leveraging the approaches to address medical needs and social needs.

First Steps and Beyond is funded in part by the following:

The Heinz Endowments, the Highmark Foundation, and PNC.

Thank you for the generous support to help improve Black maternal and infant health.

Our Goals

Reduce Racial Disparities
Reduce racial disparities by analyzing, educating and providing support services.
Reduce Preterm Birth & Extreme Prematurity
Address extreme prematurity by improving community members’ access to prenatal care.
Support Safe Sleep
Eliminate preventable sleep-related infant deaths by educating on ABCDs of safe sleep.
Expand Fourth Trimester Support
Provide fourth trimester support for birthing people after giving birth.

Collaborating with Community Organizations for Lasting Impact.

  • Allegheny County Health Department
  • Beverly’s Birthdays
  • Black Women’s Policy Center
  • City of Pittsburgh Office of the Mayor
  • Faith-Based/Neighborhood Resilience Project
  • Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs)
  • Healthy Start, Inc.
  • Maya Organization
  • The Midwife Center
  • University of Pittsburgh
  • UPMC for You, Inc.
  • UPMC
  • Women for a Healthy Environment
First Steps & Beyond

Every Baby born in Allegheny County will celebrate their first birthday.

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