FCIMRC Receives National Recognition
The Association of State and Territorial Health Officials highlights North Carolina’s approach to using 17P as one of six strategies at the forefront of reducing prematurity. Women who have had a previous preterm birth receive weekly 17P injections of a progesterone medication that reduces repeat preterm birth by up to one-third. Forsyth County Infant Mortality Reduction Coalition and community partners were recognized for their strong contribution to the NC 17P Project, including the production of a mom-to-mom DVD entitled “Footprints of Hope” that was used to educate women and health care providers about the benefits of 17P. Read more about 17P and other strategies being used to reduce preterm birth.
Read specifically about the NC 17P project and the role of Forsyth County Infant Mortality Reduction Coalition.
Keep Your New Year’s Resolution
If you made a New Year’s resolution to quit smoking – good for you ! Tobacco use is the number one cause of preventable death in the United States and in North Carolina. Resolve to make January 2014 your time to quit.
2013 Walk A Mile To Save Our Babies
On September 17, 2013, Forsyth County Infant Mortality Reduction Coalition and over 65 community partners walked a mile loop through Downtown Winston-Salem with 46 empty baby strollers. Each stroller commemorated one baby in Forsyth County who died before their first birthday during 2011, a number equal to two Kindergarten classrooms. Read the full story here, and the Board of Health’s Resolution here,
2013 Forsyth County Infant Mortality Rates
Newly released statistics showed Forsyth County’s infant mortality rate had increased slightly to 10.2 infant deaths per 1,000 live births. This rate was higher than the state rate of 7.4 deaths, and is the highest infant mortality rate compared to the five most urban counties in North Carolina. Click here to read the press release and click here to read the 2013 Forsyth County Infant Mortality Fact Sheet.
The Forsyth County Infant Mortality Reduction Coalition is a community partnership housed within the Forsyth County Department of Public Health.
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