ERIC Number: ED340499
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991
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Southeast Missouri Minority Infant Mortality Reduction Project: Healthy Mothers, Healthy Fathers, Healthy Babies.
Jones, Larry D.
This text is designed to accompany a series of slides that present information on Missouri's attempts to reduce minority infant mortality. In Missouri, the rate of black infant mortality is twice that for whites, and blacks are twice as likely as whites to be born with low birthweight. Only 64.9 percent of black women receive prenatal care in the first trimester of pregnancy. In response to the disparity between minority and white infant mortality, the Missouri General Assembly appropriated funds to establish an infant mortality project in Southeast Missouri. Southeast Missouri was chosen because of its high infant mortality rate and minority population. To complement a mandated increase in Medicaid coverage of pregnant women, Missouri also increased its reimbursement for obstetric services. The infant mortality project, called "Healthy Mothers, Healthy Fathers, Healthy Babies," employs a community nurse who develops local coalitions, supervises community outreach workers, and develops educational materials. Indigenous minority community outreach workers recruit pregnant women into the project, distribute health and educational materials, provide assistance to individual clients, and assist in the development and implementation of health and education programs. (BC)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers - Location: Missouri