Infant mortality is defined as the death of a child within the first year of life. In Fort Worth, infant mortality is a critical human needs issue. Fort Worth babies are dying due to prematurity/low birth weight, birth defects, and sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).
The causes of infant mortality are broad and complex and impact the health of the Fort Worth community. Better pre-conception health care beginning with young girls can lead to better pregnancy outcomes.
The Life Course approach recognizes that birth outcomes are driven by women’s overall health and community health problems they experience. This means the Healthy Moms – Healthy Babies – Healthy Community (H3) initiative focuses on community-based research and interventions over the entire lifecycle of community residents.
1. Establish collaboration building on existing and new stakeholders who are committed to a coordinated approach to reducing infant mortality rates using the Life Course Perspective.
2. Assess the awareness and understanding of the extent of infant mortality among community residents in targeted areas in Fort Worth having the highest infant mortality rates, and establish sustainable methods of communication with the residents.
3. Establish a strategic plan and a work plan as the foundation for identifying, creating, and implementing steps that will reduce infant mortality rates in the areas of Fort Worth including zip codes 76105, 76112, 76119, and 76120.
Who We Are
The Healthy Moms – Healthy Babies – Healthy Community Oversight Board is composed of a diverse group of representatives to ensure a coordinated and community-driven approach to reducing infant mortality.
The Oversight Board includes representatives from local and state government, clergy, service agencies, academia and education, public heath, health-care systems, and business.
Oversight Board Chairperson: Ralph W. Emerson, Pastor, Rising Star Baptist Church
Oversight Board Co-Chairperson: Loretta Burns (Coordinator, Morningside Children’s Partnership)
Project Manager: Marcy Paul, Instructor, UNT Health Science Center School of Public Health
- Recipient of two awards from the March of Dimes for “Intersecting Community with March of Dimes” and “365 Days of Infant Mortality”
- Co-Recipient of award from Sam’s Club Foundation for “Healthier Community” with the YMCA of Metropolitan Fort Worth
- Recipient of two awards from the Office of Women’s Health for “Celebrate Me!” and “Media Madness”
- The Association of Schools of Public Health publishes an article on the H3 initiative. Read more…
- Recipient of the UNTHSC Indigent Heath Care Grant.
- Recipient of W.K. Kellogg Foundation Grant – Action Learning Collaborative
- Received “Charity of Choice” recognition from Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price for 2011 TCU football t-shirt program
- Selected by Leadership Fort Worth for community service project
- Established Family Community Forum and focus groups to obtain direct input from the community
- Recipient, Maternal and Child Health Block Grant Funding from the Texas Department of State Health Services
For more information about the Healthy Moms – Healthy Babies – Healthy Community Initiative, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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