Northhampton Healthy Beginnings Infant Mortality Reduction Project

A disproportionate number of African-American babies die during their first year of life. This church-based project is designed to improve the health of women and children (two years of age or less) by training respected congregation and community women to provide support, information, and practical assistance. Under the leadership of the local host churches, area volunteers are recruited with special focus given to congregation women. In addition to the caring and support skills that the women bring, skill-building workshops are provided to enhance these lay health advisors’ role. Local organizations such as Cooperative Extension Service and the Health Department partner in the provision of the training sessions and other project activities. Churches, volunteers, and community organizations assist with the recruitment of mothers. Women of all ages and education backgrounds are invited to participate. Guidance is provided by a Local Advisory Committee. Funding is provided by the Women and Children’s Health Section, Division of Public Health, NC Department of Health and Human Services.