To improve infant mortality rates, ask the women impacted.
The Grassroots Maternal and Child Health Leadership Training Project trains and mentors women to help their neighborhoods improve pregnancy and infant development outcomes. They work to make change at the community, organizational and policy levels, while meeting the needs of women, infants and families in their neighborhoods by linking them to services.
A Place-Based Approach: Leaders work in Indiana zip codes with persistently high infant mortality rates. Leaders work to understand the root causes behind these high rates and work to build a community where every pregnancy and baby has the opportunity to thrive!
Each grassroots maternal and child health leader (GMCHL) is trained in
- Leadership Development
- Community Health Promotion
- Causes and Consequences of Adverse Birth Outcomes (infant mortality, preterm birth, low birth weight)
- Promoting Health Equity
- Media Development
- Policy Advocacy and Development
We mentor each participant to:
- Foster her professional development
- Survey community needs regarding pregnancy and infant development
- Connect her with local infant mortality reduction programs desired by her community
- Develop media products highlighting her grassroots work
- Develop and advocate for policies that promote healthy birth outcomes