Ashley Roussell is a Preconception Peer Educator and Chamberlain College of Nursing student. She shares her role in preventing infant mortality:
“As a Preconception Peer Educator, I want to raise awareness about Infant Mortality in our community. I would love to decrease the number of lives that are lost each year and to see more babies live past their 1st birthday. ”
The Preconception Peer Educator training is part of the Office of Minority Health’s “A Healthy Baby Begins With You” campaign, which began in 2007. The purpose of the program is to enlist college students as peer educators not only on college campuses but also in the community at large, to help disseminate essential preconception health messages.
During her time as a PPE, Ashley has recruited volunteers and presented safe sleep information to a day care. She is also part of the Jacksonville Infant Mortality Alliance, a collaboration between local PPEs and community organizations.
“I want to continue to educate and inform parents, grandparents, community leaders and health care workers in the Greater Jacksonville area.”