The Center for Black Women's Wellness Urges Atlantans to "Sound the Alarm, Make a Noise, Make a Difference and End Infant Mortality" for National Infant Mortality Awareness Month (September)
WHAT: Join the Center for Black Women's Wellness (CBWW) as they kick off National Infant Mortality Awareness Month, this month, with a Balloon Release Ceremony and Reception, on September 14, 2012 at the Dunbar Community Center grounds (room 302); 477 Windsor Street, Atlanta, GA 30312 at 5 p.m. This kick-off event will pay tribute to the babies who have died before their first birthday, while serving as an opportunity for everyone to be aware of and to make a noise with their voices and choices to help put an end to this crisis.
WHY: While this is a national concern, CBWW's Atlanta Healthy Start program has been dedicated to improving pregnancy and birth outcomes among high risk women in Atlanta for 14 years. Reports produced by Georgia Department of Public Health reveal that between 2002 and 2006 the number of infant deaths before their first birthday in Georgia was 15 to 20 percent higher than the national average. Within this mix, African-American babies were dying at a rate that was two and a half times higher than the majority. Not to mention, most of which happened within the first 28 days of each baby's life.
In an effort to reduce these high statistics, CBWW has invited a number of local officials, community organizers and health professionals along with mothers and families impacted by the loss of an infant to join them on September 14th to address the infant mortality crisis in Georgia while honoring those babies who have died through a balloon release.
This event is just the beginning of month-long celebrations for CBWW's "Sound the Alarm, Make a Noise, Make a Difference and End Infant Mortality." See additional events below.
Balloon Release Ceremony and Reception
September 14, 2012
Dunbar Community Center (room 207)
477 Windsor Street
Atlanta, GA 30312