Infant Mortality Awareness Month Focus of Effort
Memphis, Tenn. (Sept. 6, 2013) – The BLUES Project, a community outreach and research project aimed at addressing the problem of infant mortality, is hosting its seventh-annual Happy Birthday, BLUES community health information fair Sept.10 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Hollywood Community Center, 1560 N. Hollywood.
The event is free and open to the public. It is being held in recognition of Infant Mortality Awareness Month in September, and will feature lunch, door prizes and activities.
Special guests are Summer Owens, author of “Life After Birth: a Memoir of Survival and Success as a Teenage Mother,” and Dr. Christina Rosenthal, dentist from Memphis and founder of the Determined to be a Doctor Someday mentorship program.
The BLUES Project (Building Lasting Unshakable Expectations into Successes) provides education, counseling, social support and community resource referrals to participants during pregnancy and until the baby’s second birthday. The University of Tennessee Health Science Center operates the project, which is funded by BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee.
The mission of the BLUES Project is to help families have full-term healthy babies and empower mothers to establish and achieve attainable goals for their future. Two sites are located in Tennessee, in Memphis and Chattanooga, the cities with the highest infant mortality in the state.
For more information: 901-448-3750 or http://www.uthsc.edu/blues.