Health Equity Consultation for Bootheel Babies and Families (Request for Contracted Service Proposals)

Health Equity Consultation for Bootheel Babies and Families (Request for Contracted Service Proposals)

Infant Mortality Reduction Initiative
Our Infant Mortality Reduction Initiative (IMRI) was established in 2013 to address the disproportionately high rates of infant death in portions of St. Louis and the six counties that make up Missouri’s Bootheel. Using the Collective Impact framework, MFH partners with organizations and communities, working together toward a shared goal – a significant decrease in infant mortality rates and closing the gap in mortality rates between black and white babies in these geographical locations by 2022.

In the Bootheel, the collaborative effort, Bootheel Babies and Families (BBF), is led by an executive council of volunteers with input from a larger regional advisory task force, and support from full-time staff, a fiscal sponsor (Network for Strong Communities), and various learning and strategic consultants. A network of six organizations from each of the six Bootheel counties (Hub Partners) represent the community engagement arm of the initiative.

In addition to creating a shared understanding of the drivers of infant mortality, the initiative includes a variety of system interventions for impact through the work of the various initiative partners. The IMRI promotes the gathering and exchange of insights for collective learning and improvement. As the initiative advances toward greater impact, it is essential that an equity lens and community-focused decision-making practices permeate throughout the partners and activities of this effort.

Description of Services Required
MFH, on behalf of Bootheel Babies and Families, is seeking a consultant to provide assistance to the collaborative in understanding health equity and racial and economic disparities within the context of the six-county Bootheel region.

To truly address issues related to health equity within the Bootheel region, it is critical that the consultant:

  • Has documented expertise and experience in working with rural populations and engaging diverse community members
  • Has expertise in implicit bias and systemic racism with the capacity to communicate its impacts on health, economic, and social outcomes in diverse communities
  • Can address health equity broadly, recognizing there are many contributors to inequity, including racial, social, and economic disparities
  • Has documented experience in collective impact initiatives, or asset-based methods of bringing disparate partners together to align around a common goal
  • Can provide BBF recommendations for community-led equity implementation strategies that align with BBF regional priorities

The BBF Executive Council requires the following deliverables:

  • County-specific data-driven assessment of disparities
  • County-specific identification of social/structural determinants
  • Training regarding bias and cultural sensitivity
  • Development of toolkits, surveys, and other tools to be used by BBF to advance discussions and interventions related to disparities
  • Assistance in developing strategies to build awareness within communities related to disparities

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If selected, contractor will be required to enter into a Service Agreement with MFH.

The proposal is due no later than midnight on Monday, August 12, 2019.

If you have questions please contact Adelina Mart, Program Officer, at or (314) 345-5546.

An informational webinar will be hosted on July 22 at 11 a.m. (CT) with MFH and BBF staff to answer any additional applicant questions.
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The recorded webinar will also be made available here after the event is complete.