ERIC Number: ED400918
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994
Reference Count: N/A
Coming of Age: Ten Years in the Campaign against Infant Mortality. The Southern Regional Project on Infant Mortality 1984-1994.
Southern Governors' Association, Atlanta, GA.
Infant mortality is a complex issue linked to societal problems such as teen pregnancy, poverty, unemployment, illiteracy, and violence. This report chronicles the accomplishments of the Southern Regional Project on Infant Mortality in seeking solutions, sharing strategies, and building coalitions to reduce infant mortality in the south. Phase 1 involved the development of recommendations by a Task Force created by governors and legislators that could guide policymakers and advocates at the state and federal levels. It also involved the creation of a Work Group which was the technical support arm of the Task Force. Phase 2 involved promoting the recommendations through state seminars, research on social programs, formation of coalitions to mobilize the religious and corporate communities in the struggle against infant mortality, an adolescent pregnancy prevention initiative, and conferences and legislative briefings on relevant issues. Phase 3 concentrated efforts to help selected southern states increase access to preventive care and nutrition services for poor pregnant women and infants, to publish reports on Aid to Families with Dependent Children and Medicaid, and to sponsor a legislative summit to develop a plan for achieving the Surgeon General's maternal and child health goals for the year 2000. Goals for the next 10 years are discussed. Tables delineate southern state and national infant mortality and low birthweight rates from 1981-1991. Appendices list members of the Task Force, Work Group, staff members, advisory board members, final recommendations of the Task Force, and the 1994-95 action plan. A list of project publications completes the document. (KDFB)
Descriptors: Early Parenthood, Infant Mortality, Infants, Mortality Rate, Nutrition, Pregnant Students, Prevention, Program Descriptions, Program Evaluation, Unwed Mothers, Welfare Services
Southern Governors' Association, Hall of the States, 444 North Capitol Street, N.W., Suite 401, Washington, DC 20001; fax: 202-624-5452 (Free, plus shipping and handling).
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Southern Governors' Association, Atlanta, GA.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Aid to Families with Dependent Children