Coalition meets Monday to address high infant mortality rates in Smith, Cherokee counties

Published on Monday, 20 March 2017 11:40 - Written by EMILY GUEVARA, eguevara@tylerpaper.com

A meeting to address how to improve birth outcomes in East Texas is scheduled for noon Monday, March 20.

The Healthy Me Healthy Babies Coalition meeting is scheduled for noon to 1:15 p.m. at the Tyler Area Chamber of Commerce in the Genecov Room.

The coalition’s mission is to improve birth outcomes in East Texas through community education, engagement, partnerships and advocacy. It’s vision is to support health women, men, babies and families in East Texas.

The reason for this is Smith and Cherokee counties have the highest infant mortality rate in Texas, according to the coalition.

African-American babies are more likely to be born premature and are more likely to die before their first birthday, the coalition states.  The organization also said half of African-American fetal and infant deaths are preventable.

This meeting provides an opportunity for people to network with other people who are passionate about improving the community’s health, learn about evidence-based interventions to reduce infant mortality and pre-term birth, and volunteer time to save the lives of East Texas babies.

This meeting is free and open to the public. RSVP to ebailey@netphd.org.

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