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Clayton County Perinatal and Infant Health Coalition

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Founded in 2011, the Clayton County Perinatal and Infant Health Coalition is a partnership of public health officials, health care professionals, care management organizations (CMOs), nonprofits, and faith-based organizations dedicated to improving the birth outcomes of Clayton County's children. This diverse group of professionals meets on a regular basis to identify strategies, share resources, and develop solutions in order to decrease the number of fetal and infant deaths in our community.

Between 1998 and 2007 in Clayton County, unaddressed perinatal and infant health issues led to 494 fetal deaths and 413 infant deaths. Through the efforts of Clayton County District Health Director Alpha Fowler Bryan, M.D., the coalition was established as a way for the county to strategically address these adverse birth outcomes. Issues addressed by the coalition include increasing access to services for women of child-bearing age; improving infant health; decreasing perinatal disparities; and addressing the social determinants of health.

The coalition is dedicated to making a positive change so that no infant in Clayton County is born "too sick, too small, or too soon." For more information about the Clayton County Perinatal and Infant Health Coalition, contact Wendy Miller, Maternal and Child Health Services Manager, at (678) 479-2232 or, wendolyn.miller@dph.ga.gov or Taylor Bryan, Perinatal Outreach Coordinator, at (678) 479-2238 or Taylor.bryan@dph.ga.gov.

Online Resources:

The American Academy of Pediatrics - An American professional association of pediatricians dedicated to the health and well-being of infants, children, adolescents and young adults.

The National Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition - A recognized leader and resource in maternal and child health, reaching an estimated 10 million health care professionals, parents, and policymakers through its membership of over 100 local, state and national organizations.

March of Dimes - Information and answers about pregnancy, your baby, folic acid, prematurity, genetic disorders, birth defects and much more.

National Institute for Child Health, "Safe Sleep for All Babies" Campaign - Information about reducing the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) and other sleep-related causes of infant death, such as suffocation and strangulation.

Planning for Healthy Babies - A program that provides benefits to women for family planning and family planning-related services who do not qualify for other Medicaid benefits, or who have lost Medicaid coverage for any reason.