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Putting Babies on the Ballot Using a Community Organizing Model to Reduce Infant Mortality in Memphis/Shelby County, TN

Sharing Session (90 minutes)
Thursday, Jul 15
1:15 PM - 2:45 PM
Room 27
Conference Track:
Policy and System Changes - Impacts and Opportunities

Of every 1,000 live births in Memphis/Shelby County, nearly 13 deaths occur before the baby?s first birthday. All Babies Count (ABC) Infant Mortality Reduction Initiative seeks to improve birth outcomes and ensure more babies make it to their first birthday. Putting Babies on the Ballot, coined by then Shelby County Mayor A.C. Wharton, uses community organization efforts similar to those in political campaigns to reduce infant mortality. Participants will be able to ascertain models of community organizing and acquire skills to apply the models to public health issues.



Jackson, Nika , MA
Campaign Coordinator
Shelby County Government

McGoy, Shanell, MPH
PhD Student
Southern Illinois University Carbondale

Chapple-McGruder, Theresa, PhD, MPH
Director of Fetal Infant Mortality Review Process/Acting Chief of Epidemiology
Memphis and Shelby County Health Department

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