Project Baby Springfield hosts Infant Mortality Awareness Event
Springfield, MA, September 17, 2013
Project Baby Springfield (PBS) hosted an infant mortality awareness event on September 16 at Springfield City Hall.
September is National Infant Mortality Awareness Month and this event helped to raise awareness around this important and timely health issue. National Infant Mortality Awareness Month provides opportunities for the community to be educated and get involved with PBS to ensure that Springfield has healthy mothers, healthy babies and healthy families.
Featured speakers included Health and Human Services Commissioner Helen Caulton-Harris and Dr. Andrew Balder, Project Director for PBS.
At the event PBS will unveiled its local educational and marketing campaign for the Safe Sleep Initiative, developed in collaboration with Verdant Communications. A baby shoe memorial composed of baby shoes donated by Savers in West Springfield was also displayed to recognize the number of infants that are lost each year. PBS has received funding specifically for safe sleep education and outreach for fiscal year 2013 from the March of Dimes and the Children’s Miracle Network through Baystate Children’s Hospital.
Project Baby Springfield is a working group of the Springfield Department of Health and Human Services and their Maternal-Child Health Commission. The group is focused on improving the health of infants, mothers and families in Springfield’s greatest risk communities.