Healthy Moms, Healthy Babies, Healthy Community
Dr. Marcy Paul of UNT Health Science Center serves as Project Manager of Tarrant County’s H3: Healthy Moms-Healthy Babies-Healthy Community collaboration, focused on battling the high rates of infant mortality among African American families. Infant mortality is defined as the loss of a child within the first year of life. H3 is helping to find solutions for this far-reaching public health concern. The Oversight Board includes representatives from local and state government, clergy, service agencies, academia and education, public heath, health-care systems and business. Through the H3 collaboration, community members and organizations who live, work and serve in Southeast Fort Worth neighborhoods come together to focus on the “Life Course” approach, recognizing that birth outcomes are driven by women’s overall health and the community health problems they experience throughout their lifetime. In short, the healthier a woman’s life is – throughout her life – the healthier her pregnancy, and her baby, can be. Connecting community members to resources and support systems in their own community is one key factor in having a healthier Life Course.