Local Groups to Host Educational, Healthy Baby Showers
“Healthy Baby Begins with You”
The Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH), Office of Minority Health (OMH) and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. – Oklahoma City Alumnae Chapter are hosting an educational community baby shower at Langston University OKC Campus, 4205 N. Lincoln Blvd, on September 24, from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at no cost to expectant parents, grandparents, and foster parents. Medical experts and health information vendors will provide educational opportunities to answer questions and give information to help at-risk mothers and their babies stay healthy during and after pregnancy. Community vendors will provide free door prizes and light snacks for those attending.
The educational community baby shower is part of a larger statewide initiative called “Preparing for A Lifetime – It’s Everyone’s Responsibility,” designed to reduce Oklahoma’s infant mortality rate (IMR). Infant mortality has decreased in the last five years from 8.6/ 1000 live births in 2007 to 6.8/ 1000 live births in 2012. However the African American infant mortality rate has increased to 16.5 according to OK2SHARE Oklahoma Vital Records data.
While infant mortality rates are decreasing in Oklahoma populations, African Americans rates remain consistently higher than the rates of other race/ethnicities. Due to this alarming disparity educational community baby showers are a much needed intervention to educate and inform the community of infant mortality and how to reduce their risk of having low birth weight babies” said OMH Director Linda Thomas.
Local nonprofit associations, women’s groups, and faith-based and child service organizations are encouraged to organize in their communities and provide a “Healthy Baby Begins with You” community baby shower. The OSDH OMH will provide technical assistance and support to the community organizers. A short program with games and speakers is provided. Some of the topics include risks for having low birth weight babies, the importance of prenatal and well-baby care, and taking care of oneself during and after pregnancy. The program is modeled after an evidence-based initiative promoted by the National Office of Minority Health and Department of Health and Human Services.
The following Healthy Baby Shower can accommodate the first 200 people who reserve a seat and is scheduled for: September 24, 5:30-8:00pm, Langston University, Oklahoma City Campus, to RSVP call 405-271-1337.
For general information about improving the health of pregnant women and infants in Oklahoma, contact OSDH Maternal and Child Health at 405-271-4480, call the county health department in your area, or view the “Preparing for a Lifetime, It’s Everyone’s Responsibility” website at http://iio.health.ok.gov.
For information about a scheduled community baby shower or how you can organize one in your neighborhood, contact OSDH OMH Director Linda Thomas as (405) 271-1337 and view the OMH “A Healthy Baby Begins with You” baby shower toolkit at http://go.usa.gov/DCK.
About Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.: Founded in 1913 at Howard University, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority is a sisterhood of more than 300,000 predominately Black college-educated women. The Sorority currently has over 900 chapters. The major programs of the sorority are based upon the organization's Five Point Programmatic Thrust: Economic Development, Educational Development, International Awareness and Involvement, Physical and Mental Health, and Political Awareness and Involvement.
About Oklahoma City Alumnae Chapter: Charted on April 10, 1938, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. - Oklahoma City Alumnae Chapter is an organization that provides community assistance and support through established programs and projects. The Oklahoma City Alumnae Chapter has been an active voice in Oklahoma's Legislature, an active community member and has helped hundreds of Oklahoma City youth reach their educational goals.
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