Each year, too many babies die from preventable causes and lack of health services. September is honored as National Infant Mortality Awareness month, to bring attention to the fact that many babies in the United States still don’t make it to their first birthday.
This year the Healthy Start Coalition is celebrating EVERY baby — because each one deserves a healthy start.
On September 12, the Coalition will host the second annual Jacksonville Baby Buggy Walk in the Park at 4pm at Unity Plaza Jax (220 Riverside Ave.). The event, which is supported by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Minority Health and other partners, will bring together clients and their families, dedicated staff and members of the community to participate in a 2 mile walk with babies in buggies in an effort to encourage pregnant and postpartum women and their families to participate in healthy activities. There will also be a health fair with information and screenings.
On our blog, throughout the month, our partners, participants and providers will be sharing more about the work we are doing to improve outcomes in the community. Check back and make sure to look for #celebrateeverybaby on social media!