SAN FRANCISCO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Square Roots, a life sciences company focused on pregnancy and the healthy formation of life, today announced that the first-ever maternal health resolution, “Combatting Maternal and Infant Mortality in the 21st Century,” was approved, and then adopted during the U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM) 83rd Annual Meeting in San Francisco.
The resolution was proposed during the Children, Health and Human Services Committee breakout session during the USCM meeting. The resolution, drafted by Square Roots, was proposed by Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, Baltimore, MD and supported by ten addition Mayors including: Jim Schmitt, Green Bay, WI; Mick Cornett, Oklahoma City, OK; Elizabeth Kautz, Burnsville, MN; Michael Nutter, Philadelphia, PA; Bill Finch, Bridgeport, CT; Stephen K. Benjamin, Columbia, SC; Mark Stodola, Little Rock, AK; Kasim Reed, Atlanta, GA; Mitchell J. Landrieu, New Orleans, LA; and Bill de Blasio, New York, NY.
“Square Roots introduced the resolution to ultimately provide a systems-level approach to directly impact the health and wellness of mothers and babies in our communities now,” said Morad Fareed, founder and CEO, Square Roots. “Our first step is purposely towards our Mayors and their civic leadership platforms to coordinate new policy and pilot new solutions that improve our mothers’ health.”
The adopted resolution encourages the prioritization of accessible health information and care solutions for expectant mothers through the combined efforts of the healthcare delivery system, technology and wellness sectors and federal and state governments.
"The pilot programs implemented in target cities will be a critical component of the Square Roots approach to foster innovation and accelerate the sharing of the latest evidence-based best practices that will drive improvement in maternal and infant healthcare," Commented Steven J. Thompson, Senior Vice President, Chief Business Development Officer at Brigham and Women’s Healthcare.
"I am excited that the Conference of Mayors adopted this historic resolution introduced by Square Roots to combat maternal and infant mortality,” said Margo T. Oge, environmental expert and author, and the former Director of the Office of Transportation and Air Quality, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. “This is one of the critical issues facing our nation. The resolution will facilitate prenatal health pilot programs in cities across the country, bringing together the best minds, the most advanced technologies and tools from the medical, government, private sector and NGO communities. It will provide a test bed for fresh thinking in public health policies and provide the learning for improved national policies.”
About Square Roots
Square Roots is a life sciences company focused on integrating new technology and scientific findings to examine, improve and optimize the state of maternal and infant care. We are creating a framework to implement solutions by connecting the dots of existing medical care with human needs to create a measurable impact on health at life’s most critical stages, birth and infancy. To learn more about Square Roots, please visit www.squareroots.com.
About Morad Fareed
Prior to launching Square Roots, Founder & Managing Partner Morad Fareed co-founded Delos Living, where he helped to pioneer the WELL Building Standard™ and Wellness Real Estate™. He is a member of the Clinton Global Initiative, the U.S. Conference of Mayors' Business Council, and is Chairman of the Leadership Council of the Clinton Foundation’s 20/30 Initiative™, focused on the 20 and 30-year old members of the Clinton Foundation. Additionally, Fareed serves on several advisory boards, including the Cleveland Clinic's Wellness Institute, and the Smithsonian Institution’s Science Education Committee.
About The U.S. Conference of Mayors
The U.S. Conference of Mayors is the official nonpartisan organization of cities with populations of 30,000 or more. There are nearly 1,400 such cities in the country today, and each city is represented in the Conference by its chief elected official, the mayor. Like us on Facebook at facebook.com/usmayors, or follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/usmayors.
Editors Note: photos are available from Square Roots’ press conference held leading into the US Conference of Mayors 83rd Annual Meeting.