Our Programs

Maternal and Child Health

According to the Mississippi State Department of Health’s Infant Mortality Report (2019), infant mortality is closely related to important social determinants of health such as poverty, education, and race. Mississippi has one of the highest infant mortality rates in the country, with nearly 9 infant deaths for every 1,000 infants born. Racial disparities in infant mortality are significant with the black infant mortality rate at 11.6 deaths per 1,000 live births compared to the white rate of 5.9 deaths per 1,000 live births. In 2017, Mississippi ranked 50th in terms of infant mortality rate. Maternal mortality is an important indicator of the quality of health and healthcare experienced by women. Each maternal death in Mississippi is an important loss affecting that mother’s family, her community, and our state.  This program focuses on implementing evidence-based strategies to 1) reduce the risk of maternal and infant mortality; 2) improve access to care and information about risk factors and 3) promote reproductive health and family planning services. Specifically, the program proposes to 1) mobilize the existing maternal and child health coalition to identify resources available to individuals in the target area;  2) utilize community health workers to provide maternal and child health and reproductive health education, including family planning services; 3) utilize community health workers to link individuals to resources provided by the Mississippi State Department of Health and community-based organizations; 4) provide training to increase the number of lactation counselors in the target areas to promote breastfeeding.

Program Contact: Dr. Sandra Melvin, smelvin@advancingminorityhealth.org

Community Outreach, Education and Linkage to Services

Healthy Families Maternal and Child Health Program

The risk of maternal and infant mortality and pregnancy-related complications can be reduced by increasing access to quality preconception (before pregnancy), prenatal (during pregnancy), and interconception (between pregnancies) care. Moreover, healthy birth outcomes and early identification and treatment of developmental delays and disabilities and other health conditions among infants can prevent death or disability and enable children to reach their full potential. The purpose of this pilot intervention is to improve maternal and child health outcomes in the Jackson Metropolitan Statistical Area through health education, outreach and linkage to care utilizing a community health worker model. Overall, the specific aim of this project is to reduce infant and mortality within the JMSA by 5% over the next 5 years. The target area for this program isCopiah, Hinds, Madison, Rankin, and Simpson counties in Mississippi.Program Contact: Mr. Jason Brown, jbrown@advancingminorityhealth.org

Healthy Homes, Healthy Families Child Lead Prevention Program

Blood lead concentrations have decreased dramatically in U.S. children over the past 4 decades. However, too many children still live in housing with deteriorated lead-based paint and are at risk for lead exposure with resulting lead-associated cognitive impairment and behavioral problems [AAP 2016; ACCLPP 2012]. Each year, approximately 208 children are newly diagnosed with lead poisoning in Mississippi. The Healthy Homes, Healthy Families initiative will have the following components: 1) community network; 2) health education and outreach; 3) provide training; and 4) link children to screening services. The project will take place in nontraditional community settings (e.g. Head Start programs, day care settings, after school care) within Adams, Copiah, Hinds, Holmes, Leflore, Issaquena, Sharkey, Warren, Washington, and Yazoo counties in Mississippi.Program Contact: Mr. Abednego Nii Comey, nii@advancingminorityhealth.org

Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star Community Baby Shower Program

The community baby shower program provides an opportunity for information to be provided to the community about resources, programs and services for expectant mothers and young children. These community events provide an opportunity for vendors to provide information about their services and to provide needed items to disadvantaged young mothers. Program Contact: Ms. Jordan Graves, jgraves@advancingminorityhealth.org

COVID-19 Emergency Response Program

The COVID-19 Emergency Response program was designed to assist underserved, disadvantaged communities in obtaining personal protective equipment, cleaning supplies, food and other materials that families need during this difficult time. The Institute has partnerships with the United Way, Jessie NoyseFoundation and the Women’s Foundation of MS to provide this much needed assistance. Program Contact: Ms. Aaliyah, Chatman, achatman@advancingminorityhealth.org

Trainings and Technical Assistance

The Institute offers the following trainingsfor community based organizations to help them to improve their capacity to plan, develop and implement public health programs.

  • Community Health Worker Training
  • Evidence Based Public Health
  • Research Methodology
  • Evaluation
  • Cultural Competence and Public Health
  • Marketing and Communication for Public Health Programs
  • Effective use of Social Media
  • Grantwriting

Program Contact: Ms. Aaliyah Chatman, achatman@advancingminorityhealth.org.

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