Building Capacity and Collaborations
ATLANTA – The Georgia Department of Public Health’s (DPH), Maternal and Child Health Section is pleased to announce the 2016 recipients of mini grants to help reduce infant mortality in Georgia. Five organizations will each receive $12,000 through the Building Capacity to Address Infant Mortality in Georgia: A Collaborative Mini-Grant Program. Funding for the grants is provided by the Healthcare Georgia Foundation.
These mini grants will support efforts to increase resources and access to care for pregnant women and their babies – before, during and after birth. The grant program promotes awareness about infant mortality and the urgent need to reduce the number of babies that die in Georgia each year, while encouraging coalition building among organizations working to save precious lives in the communities they serve.
“The health of our state begins with mothers and babies,” said Michelle Allen, director of DPH’s Maternal and Child Health Section. “Strong partnerships begin with these mini grant recipients who have made a commitment to create realistic, measureable plans of action to reduce infant mortality in their own communities.”
The mini grants were awarded by perinatal regions of the state. The perinatal regions represent a system of hospitals and providers working together to ensure births happen in hospitals with the appropriate level of care for the mother and the infant. The mini grant recipients are: Georgia Coastal Health District 9-1; Enterprise Community Healthy Start; Healthy Mother, Healthy Babies Coalition of Georgia; Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital in Albany; Spalding Collaborative for Families and Children, Inc.